Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire jobs safe as BAE Systems cuts nearly 2,000 posts

BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest defence contractor, has confirmed that no Lincolnshire jobs will be affected after sweeping cuts were announced by the company.

The firm, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and has staff at RAF Coninsby where the Typhoons are based, confirmed it will cut nearly 2,000 jobs on Tuesday, October 10.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Lincolnshire Business that no jobs would be affected in the Lincolnshire area.

Some 750 posts are expected to be lost at the Warton and Samlesbury plants in Lancashire, where parts are manufactured.

A total of 1,400 roles are then understood to be going from the company’s air and information business in Brough, RAF Markham and Leeming. Some 340 maritime jobs will be lost in Portsmouth and Solent and a further 180 posts will go in London, Guildford and other locations.

BAE Systems employs more than 83,000 people worldwide, including 34,600 in the UK.

A spokesperson said in a statement: “BAE Systems continually reviews its operations to make sure we are performing as effectively and efficiently as possible, delivering our commitments to existing customers and ensuring we are best placed to secure future business.

“If and when there are any changes proposed we are committed to communicating with our employees and their representatives first.”