BAE Systems job cuts workers at risk
AROUND one in ten jobs at BAE Systems sites in Cowes and Portsmouth could be under threat after the defence company announced it was looking for 375 voluntary redundancies in its Maritime Services division.
The shock announcement was made this morning (Tuesday) to staff at the Cowes site, which specialises in radar, as well as the two sites at Portsmouth, the city’s naval base and Broad Oak which specialises in torpedoes and also specialises in technical work.
Managers have begun a consultation process with staff about the possible job losses this morning, according to a spokeswoman for the company.
BAE’s Cowes site currently has 242 employees who work its Maritime Services division. There are 696 employees at Broad Oak and 2,559 at the naval base.
The division has a total of 3,898 employees across the country with the bulk employed in the Solent area.
A spokeswoman for the company said a ‘full consultation’ process would take place with the job losses taking place between the next 12 months and two years.
Nationally, BAE Systems is planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in military, maritime and intelligence services.
A total of 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury plants in Lancashire where parts for the Eurofighter Typhoon are manufactured.
They are part of a total of 1,400 roles going in the firm’s air and information business, which include 400 in Brough and 245 across RAF Marham and Leeming.
Meanwhile 375 maritime jobs will be lost in Portsmouth and Solent, and a further 180 posts will go in London, Guildford and other locations.