Contractor blames market downturn as 15 M&E staff are told they could lose their jobs

Skanska has warned M&E staff of small scale redundancies due to the continuing downturn.

The Swedish firm, which won a £100m deal to build a new wing at London’s Belmarsh West prison in July, said it has briefed staff in its M&E staff on its revenue problems and less than 15 are vulnerable to being made redundant.

A statement from the firm said: “Skanska confirms that as part of our policy for being open and honest with our staff, during a recent briefing, staff working in our Mechanical & Electrical Operating Unit and our Ceilings Operating unit, were advised that due to a downturn in market conditions a small number of staff could be at risk of redundancy.

“Skanska is a diverse organisation, with many different operations and our first priority will be to see what other opportunities may be available across the business before any final decisions are taken. This particular part of our business employs around 560 people and the number of potential redundancies is less than 15 at our offices in Woking”