230 Sheffield employment firm staff could lose jobs

PeoplePlus offices in Queen's House on Queen Street
PeoplePlus offices in Queen's House on Queen Street
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Hundreds of workers at a Sheffield firm which finds work for the unemployed fear for their own jobs after bosses announced redundancies.

Staff at PeoplePlus, formerly A4E, were told their jobs were at risk at a meeting.

Bosses at the company, based in Queen’s House on Queen Street in the city centre, are reported to have told staff that 230 jobs were at risk.

A consultation process is due to begin.

The firm has not confirmed the number of jobs at risk saying: “Since this process has only just started, it is too soon to know exactly how many people will be affected.”

Rod Jackson, managing director at PeoplePlus, said: “As a leading provider of public services, our focus is on offering the best value to our customers and to the taxpayer and this has meant we have had to look at making changes to the business to ensure we are operating efficiently and adapting to the changing requirements of those using our services.

“We announced a consultation process would commence later this month with a number of people employed primarily in business support functions, including the Customer Connect team at our head office at Queen’s House, Sheffield.

“We appreciate this is an uncertain time for some people and we’re committed to working with our employees to follow the correct process for consultation, and to ensuring as many people as possible find alternative employment within the company.”

Worried staff say those affected provide support to people who have found work through the company to help them keep their jobs.

One member of staff, who does not want to be named, said: “It’s ironic that a firm which finds work for people and helps them keep jobs is getting rid of its own staff.”

The company’s website describes it as ‘a leading employment support and training services company helping people to transform their lives and businesses through work, training, education and financial advice’.

It adds: “We help people move into work by enabling them to gain the skills they need to make them employable, providing them with real work experience or helping them onto a traineeship or apprenticeship.

“We also have a long track record of helping people to become self-employed and start up their own businesses.”

The firm works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions.