EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: East of Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland
Location of affected unit(s): Ballymena


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.20 - Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers
Number Employed: 700

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 21-05-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 125
Planned Job Reductions max: 125
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 06-07-2020

Additional Information

Wrightbus, the British bus builder, has announced that it is cutting 125 jobs, 35 permanent and 90 agency positions at its main site in Ballymena, in Northern Ireland.

The company’s chief executive said the restructuring was necessary to compensate for the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

An officer of the trade union Unite the Union said the company’s decision to propose job cuts and start redundancy consultations was “'regrettable”. He called on the management to utilise the UK government's job retention scheme instead of cutting jobs, and to keep skilled workers to accelerate the production of new, more environmentally friendly buses.

Wrightbus has created the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker bus, which emits only water. The company currently employs 700 people.