UK engineering group Rolls-Royce has announced that it will cut 590 jobs at sites in the United Kingdom. Most of the jobs will be lost from the aerospace division. The job losses will include 300 workers at the precision machining facility in Derby and 140 workers at the turbine blade machining facility at Ansty. In addition, more than 150 jobs will be lost from factories at Inchinnan, Barnoldswick, and Hucknall.
Most possibly, voluntary redundancy packages are to be offered, though compulsory exits cannot be discounted. The cuts follow an announcement in November 2014 that it will cut 2,600 jobs world-wide across the next eighteen months. Further cuts in the UK can be anticipated as two-thirds of the world-wide cuts are expected to be in the United Kingdom. Rolls-Royce has a global workforce of around 55,000 with just under half of those (24,000) based in the UK. Prior to this announcement, the company’s UK staff were located at nine sites in England (4 sites in the East Midlands and 5 sites in the North West) and six sites in Scotland.
UPDATE 29/06/2017: Rolls-Royce has announced major new investment plans which will secure the future for about 7,000 jobs in the East Midlands. The GBP 150 million (€166 million) investment will mainly be spent on a new test bed at the Derby site. The announcement means that there will be no compulsory redundancies at the sites in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. Rolls-Royce has also reversed its decision to close the precision machining facility in Derby which is expected to save around 150 jobs.