BAE systems set to cut 371 jobs in Lancashire

Global aerospace giant, BAE Systems, is set to cut 371 jobs in Lancashire as it reduces production of its Typhoon fighter jet.

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The majority of the cuts will take place at its Samlesbury site, with 343 potential job losses, as well as 28 at their site at Warton. One of the county's largest employers, it employs around 13,000 people across the two sites.

These proposals reflect a reduction in the production rate for Typhoon major units to the optimum rate required to deliver their existing order book and best position them to secure and deliver future export contracts. BAE expects sales of the Typhoon to fall from around £1.3bn to £1.1bn in 2016.

The company has begun consultation with the Trade Unions and employee representatives and is committed to exploring opportunities to mitigate these potential job losses and believes that most of these potential job losses can be addressed through redeployment, further release of temporary labour and a targeted voluntary redundancy programme.

Chris Boardman, managing director, BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said: “We appreciate this is difficult news and we will work closely and openly with the Trade Unions, employee representatives and employees, to ensure the best possible outcome for the individuals affected and the MAI business.

“We understand this announcement creates uncertainty and concern, but we believe that taking action now will put us in the best possible position to secure future work and help ensure we have a long-term sustainable business.”

Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “While I feel for the people concerned, we expect most redundancies to be voluntary, and in the grand scale of things, the numbers are relatively small.

“There has been a slowdown in Typhoon orders as international competition has increased, and the costs consequently need to be cut. “It’s a slowdown, but not a significant change in strategy. Long term, we expect overall growth.”