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AJ exclusive: 600 under threat at Arup

Engineering giant Arup has announced a redundancy consultation programme that ‘may affect up to 600 employees’ from a UK workforce of just under 4,000

Arup Associates, the multi-disciplinary architectural arm which recently completed Ropemaker Place (AJ12.08.10) in the City of London, was said to be covered by the consultation.

Arup said that while it would try to redeploy staff within the firm where possible, it anticipated that these staff reductions may affect up to 600 employees. The AJ understands that all contract staff have been given their notice.

The decision was blamed on economic conditions. A company statement said: ‘We continue to operate in a period of uncertainty in the economy. Arup - like any responsible business - needs to ensure its long-term business health, which means that it is essential that we match our resources to our current and anticipated workload,’

‘Like many other businesses, we have been affected by the weak market, as well as expected and current cuts in government expenditure.

‘Our people are our greatest asset and it is with regret that the very difficult decision has been taken to implement a programme of redundancies, with a 90-day consultation beginning on 6 September.’

Arup is an independent organisation owned in trust for the benefit of its employees and their dependents with no shareholders or external investors. Each of Arup’s employees receives a share of the firm’s operating profit each year.

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