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Atkins drops Dubai architect jobs

Atkins is to make large-scale redundancies in its Dubai office

Architects working for UK consultant Atkins are to lose their jobs as the company announced cut backs following the property downturn that has struck the Emirate.

Atkins is to make 170 redundancies in Dubai as a result of the property downturn in the Middle East.

The majority of the redundancies are expected to be made in Atkins’ building design team based in Dubai.

‘We are making 170 redundancies in Dubai - primarily from building design team. We can’t go into the details of how many are architects’, said an Atkins spokesman.

‘The recession will be longer and deeper than expected – it will have an effect on Atkins’ businesses around the world. To that extent, we’re also postponing annual pay review for six months – it reflects the wage deflation that we’re seeing in sector as a whole. It is a necessary step to take.’

The spokesman added that the group was also making 40 redundancies at its Manila office in the Philippines, which has served as an ‘engine room’ for projects in the Middle East.

The job losses follow an announcement from Arup that it was cutting 400 jobs in the UK.

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