Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely Seeks Assurance Of Cowes BAE Jobs

Mae Love
October 11, 2017

BAE Systems' new boss will cut around 2,000 jobs at Britain's biggest defence contractor to tackle dwindling orders for the Typhoon fighter jet and the loss of revenue from Cold-War era aircraft nearing retirement.

The company neither confirmed nor denied the reports, saying that it "continually reviews its operations" and would communicate with employees and their representatives if and when there are changes. These actions will further strengthen our company as we deliver our strategy in a changing environment.

Most of the military air job cuts will go in 2018 and 2019, with some planned for 2020 and BAE said its goal is to achieve as many voluntary redundancies as possible.

The company has announced plans to reduce Typhoon final assembly and Hawk production rates while it waits for the Qatar Government to sign a contract to buy 24 of the fighter jets.

BAE's new chief executive Charles Woodburn stated (via Financial Times - subscription required) stated that the job layoffs "align workforce capacity with near-term demand and to 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", he said on Tuesday (Oct 10).

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Another 400 will go in East Yorkshire; 245 are to be cut in RAF Marham & RAF Leeming; 340 are to go from Portsmouth & Solent; 150 from London, Guildford and other Applied Intelligence locations; and 30 from separate locations.

Qatar has recently signed a Statement of Intent to purchase Typhoon aircraft and six Hawk aircraft.

BAE employs 34,800 people in the UK.

Defence analyst Howard Wheeldon said the cuts were essentially due to a gap in orders emerging in key programmes.

BAE said on Tuesday it is cutting nearly 2,000 jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services amid a slowdown in orders for its Typhoon fighter jets.

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