EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Derby and the East Midlands, Inchinnan (Scotland), Rotherham, Washington, Solihull, Denby/Trentham, London Heathrow, Barnoldswick, Bristol, Ansty


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
28.11 - Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicle and cycle engines
Number Employed: 24000
Group: Rolls-Royce Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-05-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 3000
Planned Job Reductions max: 3000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2020

Additional Information

Rolls-Royce, the UK-based global engineering company has announced that it will cut 3,000 jobs from its UK workforce by the end of 2020. The cuts will affect employees at ten different sites across the UK, with the majority of redundancies taking place in Derby and the East Midlands (1,500 jobs) and Inchinnan, Scotland (700 jobs).

The civil aviation arm of Rolls Royce manufactures jet engines, the demand for which has fallen sharply since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the company has benefitted from the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the management argues that restructuring is necessary for the future of the business.

A representative of trade union Unite said that laying off skilled and loyal workers during the pandemic is ‘shameful opportunism’ and called on the government to save the UK’s manufacturing base.

Rolls Royce operates in more than 50 countries and has a global workforce of 52,000.