2,000 jobs to be axed as BAE Systems ‘streamline business’

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A proposed total of 400 jobs are set to be lost at BAE Systems’ site in Brough, East Yorkshire, although that is very much the tip of a rather larger iceberg as almost 2,000 planned redundancies have been announced nationally by the firm.

Charles Woodburn, CEO of BAE Systems plc, announced : “BAE Systems is a world leader in technology, advanced manufacturing and engineering and our diverse portfolio provides a strong platform for future growth.

“The organisational changes we are announcing today accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology.

“These actions will further strengthen our company as we deliver our strategy in a changing environment.

He added: “Separately, we are also announcing actions at some of our UK sites to align our workforce capacity more closely with near-term demand and enhance our competitive position to secure new business.

“Those actions are necessary and the right thing to do for our company, but unfortunately include proposed redundancies at a number of operations.

“I recognise this will be difficult news for some of our employees and we are committed to do everything we can to support those affected.”