Contractor has sent letters to all 985 of the division’s employees

Kier is making 50 staff redundant at its Sheffield division “as a result of the economic downturn”, the contractor has confirmed.

Letters have gone out to all 985 of the division’s employees.

Kier said in a statement: “As a result of the current economic downturn, Kier Sheffield is in consultation with trade union representatives regarding a reduction in staff numbers by approximately 50.

“We will do everything we can to help those affected secure work elsewhere in the business wherever possible. We do not expect this to impact on our service delivery.”