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Wednesday 19 Jan 2011

Arup slash UK jobs

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670 UK jobs lost in company restructure 

Leading design and engineering practice Arup has announced it is cutting 670 jobs within the UK following a major restructuring scheme. Employees were warned of possible redundancies in September, when Arup confirmed rumours that it may be forced to lose 600 members of its UK workforce; however the firm did go on to assure workers that every effort would be made to redeploy them overseas, stating 'our people are our greatest asset'.

Quoting the importance of 'international mobility' to the growth and development of the firm, Arup have confirmed that, '280 permanent roles are being made redundant, a much lower figure than anticipated, and 230 temporary and agency contracts have been ended'.

Five architects are within the 670 to leave the company, whilst 86 employees who have left of their own accord have not been replaced. Following up on their promise, Arup have relocated 70 staff to their overseas offices, reiterating that the move 'reflects our desire to promote mobility even during the most challenging of times'. This is the latest in a series of major setbacks for the global company, as plans for the 9million sq m King Abdullah Sports City scheme have been dramatically downsized and the Art Institute of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Arup citing $10m in repairs and upgrades to its planned addition.

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