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RMJM lays off 60 staff

Practice makes redundancies after announcing hike in pre-tax profits

Global giant RMJM has told the AJ it is to make 60 staff redundant across its European offices, just weeks after announcing that its pre-tax profits for 2008 had nearly doubled to £7.9 million.

The Edinburgh-based practice, ranked fifteenth in last year’s AJ100 list of Britain’s biggest practices, also said it had asked its workforce, which rose to more than a thousand people worldwide last year, to accept a ‘voluntary’ 10 per cent pay cut.

It is understood that most jobs will be shed from RMJM’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, with the practice blaming the loss on the slowdown of a number of projects, including two delayed Learning and Skills Council schemes (AJ 19.03.09).

Chief executive Peter Morrison said: ‘RMJM is having to reduce staff numbers to provide some level of protection against the negative impacts of the recession.

‘It is hugely regrettable, but unfortunately unavoidable,’ added Morrison.

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