Wessex Water to cut 200 jobs

June 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

With rising unemployment figures across the country, there is more bad news as the recession has claimed yet another victim, with Wessex Water this time being the company to announce large job losses.

The company has just announced that it will be cutting 200 positions from its workforce, blaming “the economic climate” for the unfortunate decision. One of the areas in which it has been worst affected is its future investment programme; this has been badly hit, and as a result the company has announced that it will have to make the job cuts by the end of the year.

The job cuts will take place across the company, but the worst sector to be hit will be the engineering and construction division. The cuts are clearly necessary, but the company has stated that it is hoping to achieve them through making a careful review of the number of agency staff that it employs, allowing it to keep the number of permanent workers employed to a maximum.

The total number of staff that the company currently employs is 2,500, so the 200 job losses represent quite a significant cut and the redundancies will be felt across Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

The decision has been described as “regrettable” by Alan Morgan, the head of Human Resources, but it is essential because the company is “running out of work in some areas”. To make the process easier, the company will also use a consultation process in a bid to get staff moved to other areas of the company rather than having to put them out of work.

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