BAE in bid to relocate staff facing the axe

Changes: Chris Boardman of BAE Systems

Changes: Chris Boardman of BAE Systems

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Bosses at BAE Systems have vowed to try to relocate executives to other sites as it announced nearly 300 jobs could be lost in Lancashire.

As reported in the Evening Post in August, the Military Air and Information division has been looking to reduce the number of executive posts at its Warton, Samlesbury and 24 other sites across the country.

Now it has announced up to 286 jobs will have to go at the Lancashire sites.

The company said the cuts were due to “the organisation’s continuous drive for efficiency.”

And Chris Boardman, Managing Director of BAE Systems MAI, said the company would try it best to relocate staff to other sites like Barrow – which was actively recruiting.

Mr Boardman said he was personally saddened to make the cuts, which affected people he had worked with for many years.

BAE, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon, Hawk and parts of the American F-35, has been hit by defence spending cuts, but has a large order backlog​ and a £72m contract to work on new radar systems in Typhoons for the RAF.​

Mr Boardman said: “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.

“We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for our employees and we are committed to working with them and their representatives to explore ways of avoiding and mitigating potential job losses.”

Mr Boardman said the company wanted to retain talented staff and would be putting managers in contact with Barrow.

The company, which employs 11,000 people in the county, told staff weeks ago there would have to be a reduction in the 1,700 executive roles.

A committee was formed to represent managers – now the plans are subject to a 45-day consultation period and the cuts will take place by March.