British naval engineering and services company Babcock has announced a significant reduction in its workforce, citing the upcoming completion of work on the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme as the main reason.
The company said the loss of about 250 positions was expected following the handover of HMS Prince of Wales , which is scheduled to undergo sea trials in 2019.
“The prospects for Babcock’s operations at Rosyth remain good. The last 10 years of the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) carrier programme has been an outstanding success story,” Babcock said in a press statement on 28 November.
“Unfortunately, given the one-off nature of this large-scale programme, as the ships begin to be handed over to our customer, we must inevitably reshape our business to remain competitive and take on new challenges, which we firmly believe exist for Rosyth.
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