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Perkins to make UK redundancies as orders slow

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK genset engine maker Perkins is to make 40 permanent members of staff at its Stafford factory redundant as orders slow down.

A spokesperson for Perkins said: “Uncertainty in the global economy has had an impact on our customers' businesses and consequently we are experiencing lower than anticipated production volumes at our Stafford facility.”

She said the company had launched a voluntary severance programme and was looking for 40 applicants from current hourly employees and a further three from salaried and managed employees.

“In addition, we are releasing 124 temporary workers from our Stafford facility throughout December and January,” she said. She warned compulsory redundancy might prove necessary if not enough employees came forward for the voluntary programme.

The job losses come less than a year after the firm announced 60 new permanent jobs and added a third manufacturing production line to its Stafford site.