Aecom to cut 500 jobs in UK and Ireland

WCN Editorial Team 6 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Engineering and construction firm Aecom will axe up to 500 jobs as a result of its business restructuring in the UK and Ireland due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The job cuts amount to 7% of the firm’s 7,000 employees in the UK and Ireland including from its London headquarters.

The effect of the pandemic has forced its clients to reconsider projects, which is blamed for the restructuring and support services are also being moved outside of the UK to other European locations like Romania.

Staff at the company are said to have the knowledge of the redundancy plan several weeks ago. The company’s move is said to be ‘across the board compulsory redundancies’ affecting all the departments.

Aecom said: “Over the last months, the global pandemic has heavily impacted many of our clients and competitors, the industries in which we work, and our UK and Ireland business.

“As a result of this, we have taken the difficult decision to re-shape our business to better meet the demands of our markets, and help us continue to provide the best services for our clients.

“In support of this restructuring, we are beginning a consultation process across the region which may impact up to 500 roles.”

Last week, Aecom saw the departure of its UK CEO David Barwell and chief operating officer Willian Quarterman.

In recent weeks, several construction companies including Atkins, Arup, Mace, Bam and Kier had announced job cuts affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in up to 7,000 lost jobs in the UK.

Last month, Aecom was selected by Kent County Council under its Highways and Transportation professional services framework to undertake a £140m project to improve A229 at Blue Bell Hill.


Aecom to axe jobs in the UK and Ireland. (Credit: Unsplash/EJ Yao)

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