Smiths redeploys staff

first_img Comments are closed. Smiths redeploys staffOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today The Smiths Group is trying to minimise redundancies by redeploying staffwherever possible in the UK after it announced plans to cut 1,450 jobs. In total, 1,200 of the job losses will be in the UK, with the creation of450 new roles in plants in various countries where labour costs are cheaper. HR director at Smiths, Anne Minto, told Personnel Today the company istrying to redeploy as many staff as possible across its plants when vacanciesarise and is encouraging employees to take voluntary redundancy. The company, which has sent out letters to all employees who may beaffected, has set up a jobs section on the company’s website to help those maderedundant find new jobs. It is employing consultants to advise people on careeroptions. Minto said: “It’s a tough period but there are some positive thingsgoing on. Smiths has won a $1bn contract with Boeing which will maintain manyjobs.” The move, which follows cuts of 1,600 announced earlier in the year and thetransfer of 450 jobs to Mexico and the Czech Republic, comes after the firmposted an 11 per cent fall in half-year operating profits. A plant inBasingstoke, which employs 80 people, will be shut and the rest of the jobswill be cut from the group’s 50 plants across the UK. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img