Construction jobs in Doncaster facing axe

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Dozens of jobs look set to be lost in Doncaster after a major firm announced plans to close a site in the borough.

Balfour Beatty, which employs more than 50 staff at its office in the borough, has confirmed it is starting consultation over closing three of its sites.

The list of sites which would go under the proposals are at Doncaster, Rochdale, and Dartford.

Officials at the company yesterday refused to say exactly how many people worked at its Doncaster base, but placed the number at between 50 and 90.

They say they will look at any possible redepolyment of staff affected by the changes.

The move follows a review of the company’s UK construction business which it announced in April.

The review came after the company warned that full-year profits would be hit by weak conditions in the UK construction market.

A statement issued by the company yesterday said: “We are currently undertaking consultation processes at three office locations – Doncaster, Dartford and Rochdale – each employing between 50 and 90 people.

“It is too early to confirm the total number of redundancies that could be affected should we go ahead with these proposals.

“During this process, Balfour Beatty will explore all available options for the redeployment of employees across the regional business and the wider Balfour Beatty Group.”

The company says its Rochdale and Doncaster offices are no longer sustainable and that employees have already been told of the proposal to close the sites.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said she was concerned by the company’s plans.

She said: “Jobs and growth are priorities for me and I am concerned about the future of these jobs in Doncaster.

“The council’s Business Doncaster team will be working closely with the firm’s HR department to find alternative employment for those potentially affected.

“Doncaster Council provides free advice and support to individuals and businesses through Business Doncaster.”

Balfour Beatty’s UK regional business generated £1.5 billion of revenue in 2012.

The firm describes itself as is an ‘international infrastructure group involved in major projects around the world, through design and project management to construction and maintenance’.

Its key markets include transportation through roads, rail and aviation, power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. It employs 50,000 people around the world.

Anyone affected by the proposals – or anyone wanting help with employment – is urged to call Business Doncaster on 01302 735555 or visit www.businessdoncaster.com for more information.