Wates announces 300 redundancies amid pandemic


Wates Group has announced redundancies that will reduce staff numbers by 300 in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus

The group believe they cannot escape the economic effect due to Covid-19 and made the decision on April 6 to furlough a quarter of its workforce. Yesterday (May 20), Wates announced it would make 300 (8%) employees redundant.

Chief executive, David Allen, said: “The coronavirus has changed our lives in ways that were unimaginable at the beginning of the year.

“While other sectors closed as a result of the lockdown, ours was asked by the government to continue working and to adopt new operating procedures.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of my colleagues who have continued to perform a range of essential public services and who have kept our projects progressing safely. They have been extraordinary.

“By furloughing a third of our staff and implementing pay reductions nearly seven weeks ago, we acted quickly to protect our people’s jobs.

“However, we cannot escape the economic consequences of the pandemic. So, this week, we have begun a process through which we will reduce the number of staff we employ by approximately 300.

“In taking this difficult step, we will match the size of our business to our forecasted levels of activity, ensuring we continue to offer services of the highest quality and best value to our customers, and remain one of the most financially resilient and sustainable businesses in our sector.”


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