BAE poised to cut 3,000 jobs across Britain

Kasmira Jefford
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AEROSPACE giant BAE Systems is this week set to announce plans to cut up to 3,000 jobs as the cuts to government defence budgets take their toll.

Britain’s biggest manufacturer said it had informed staff that it is reviewing operations “across various businesses” to make sure the company is performing “as effectively and efficiently as possible”.

“As the outcome of this review becomes clear, we will, as always, communicate to our employees as a priority,” the company added, without disclosing further details of the timing of the number of jobs at risk.

Job losses are expected to hit the firm’s military aircraft division plants in Brough in Yorkshire and Warton, the Lancashire village where the Typhoon fighter jet used for combat in Libya – among other military aircraft – is made.

The group also said it is preparing to slow down the production of its Eurofighter Typhoon “to bridge the gap between current demand and future anticipated export contracts”.

The job losses would come as a fresh blow for staff of the manufacturer, which has axed more than 15,000 jobs over the past two years.

BAE’s chief executive Ian King, warned at the time of company’s full year results in February that more job cuts could be needed as countries scale back spending on defence projects.