Rolls-Royce to slash 1,500 East Midlands jobs

Some 1,500 jobs are set to be cut at Rolls-Royce’s Derby and Nottinghamshire plants, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Further Midlands jobs will be cut at the firm’s Ansty, Solihull and Trentham sites.

The news comes after last month’s announcement that the firm would be cutting 9,000 jobs worldwide as part of a cost-cutting measure after the collapse in air travel brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rolls-Royce has now confirmed that it has introduced a “voluntary severance” scheme in order to cut the roles.

The full list of jobs being axed is:

– Derby and the East Midlands – 1,500
– Solihull – 175
– Denby/Trentham (Ross Ceramics) – 90
– Ansty – 65
– Inchinnan, Scotland – 700
– Rotherham – 100
– Washington – 50
– London Heathrow – 50
– Barnoldswick – 200
– Bristol (Civil) – 50

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce’s president of Civil Aerospace, said: “Today, following constructive talks with trade union and employee representatives, we have opened voluntary severance to all Civil Aerospace employees in the UK.

“Offering voluntary severance is an important step as we resize our business to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry over the next few years.

“Due to the unprecedented impact of the crisis on our Civil Aerospace business, we are facing changes to the business on a scale we have not seen for 50 years.

“The depth and breadth of the crisis means we have to both radically and swiftly reduce the size of our business.

“Sadly, this means that Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace will be losing up to 8,000 roles across the globe -talented people who have worked hard to establish our world-leading position, people who share our pioneering spirit to be the best at what we do and people who have spent their entire working lives building this business.

“In Derby and Nottinghamshire it is likely that we will see around 1,500 roles impacted this year.

“This is going to be very tough for everyone, but we have to ensure Rolls-Royce can thrive for future generations. Derby is at the heart of our business. It will continue to be, despite the challenges we are facing. We continue to work with Derby’s Economic Recovery Taskforce and are providing help and resources for employees who are affected.

“We have come through crises in the past to achieve amazing things. Taking action now means we will be able to do so again. I’m confident we will.”

Rolls-Royce has said the job cuts will save it £1.3bn a year.