Jobs set to go at BAE Systems

BAE systems' Warton plant
BAE systems' Warton plant
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More than 280 jobs look to be set to go at BAE Systems in Lancashire as the company aims to slim down its management structure.

The jobs which are based across the Warton factory on the Fylde and at its Samlesbury site near Preston, are under threat due to a restructuring of the company’s military aircraft operations.

Executive and management staff have been told today of the extent of the cutbacks and those affected are now in a 45 day consultation period. The company is aiming to get its reorganisation fully in place by March next year.

Many professional staff and those building the aircraft at both sites are not affected and the company is continuing to recruit apprentices. It is understood some managerial jobs could be saved as there are vacancies at other division such as the naval operation based at Barrow.

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.”