EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Babcock International Group

Babcock International Group

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Clackmannanshire and Fife; Eastern Scotland; Scotland
Location of affected unit(s): Rosyth


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures
Number Employed: 1900
Group: Babcock International Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-11-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 250
Planned Job Reductions max: 250
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 28-11-2017
Foreseen End Date: 31-01-2018
Direct Dismissals: 250

Additional Information

The UK-based multinational engineering company, Babcock International Group has announced that 250 of their 1900 employees at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland will be made redundant in January 2018. The statutory consultations between the management, the affected employees and the trade unions are now underway.

Babcock’s contract with the Ministry of Defence to build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy is coming to completion. The management said in their statement that because of the 'one-off' nature of the contract, redundancies were 'inevitable'. They stated that they would work closely with employees and the trade unions to redeploy as many workers as possible within the business.

On behalf of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) Scotland, chair Gary Cook called on the company to ensure there would be no compulsory job cuts and warned that the job cuts  'cannot be the start of a downward spiral' for the shipyard.