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Arup confirm 400 jobs to go

Arup are the latest organisation to be hit by the global economic climate, as roughly 10 per cent of its UK workforce are to be made redundant

Multi-disciplinary consultant Arup has confirmed that it will make up to 400 staff redundant in Britain in the first quarter of 2009. Some of the jobs to go are understood to be at the practice’s architecture arm Arup Associates.

The practice is understood to have been hit by the slowdown in the property sector, in which it is involved in many commercial and mixed use schemes that have since been delayed.

Arup said in a statement: “These are turbulent times in the global economy, and Arup - as with any responsible business - needs to ensure its long-term business health. It is essential that we match our resources to our anticipated workload, and it is with regret that we have decided to implement a programme of up to 400 staff redundancies across the UK in the first quarter of 2009.”

It confirmed that the job cuts would be made after a three month consultation period with staff.

“We are doing everything that we can to ensure the redundancy programme is handled with transparency and sensitivity,” it said.

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