BAE Systems announces potential job losses

BAE Systems has announced 440 potential managerial job losses within its Military Air & Information (MAI) business.

Chris Boardman

The proposal, which would see 286 jobs lost at their Samlesbury and Warton sites alone, is driven by the organisation’s continuous drive for efficiency.

Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems MAI, commented: “It is always regrettable when you have to announce potential job losses. However, we believe that by implementing changes to our management structure we will become a more efficient and effective business, and be better placed to meet the needs of current and potential customers in what is an increasingly competitive market.

“We have a strong order book with Hawk, Typhoon and F-35 in production across our business and this, aligned with our extensive and growing in-service support work with the Royal Air Force and our overseas customers, provides a strong foundation for a long-term sustainable business.

“We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for our employees and we are committed to working with them and their representatives to explore ways of avoiding and mitigating potentialjob losses.”

The locations of potential job losses are as follows:

Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire – 16

Christchurch, Dorset – 18

Frimley, Surrey – 22

RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire – 22

RAF Marham, Norfolk – 16

Samlesbury and Warton, Lancashire – 286

Other UK locations – 53

Overseas – 7