Rolls-Royce could cut up to 8,000 jobs in the UK after aircraft manufacturers were forced to cut production during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UK-based aircraft engine manufacturer employs 52,000 people worldwide, including 23,000 in the United Kingdom.
According to a company source, senior executives warned that “the cuts could reach 8,000, but efforts to mitigate the impact are underway.”
He had announced plans to save £ 750 million, but “must now take further action.”
The aviation industry has been severely affected by the pandemic as many flights around the world have been suspended.
The impact forced aircraft manufacturers to cut production – Airbus cut production by a third and commissioned 3,200 people.
Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aircraft engines, had previously warned that the virus was “a macro risk to everyone.”
The Financial Times first reported on potential job losses and said the restructuring plan “would reduce the workforce … by up to 15%”.
Derby chief executive Chris Poulter said it was “worrisome” after Rolls-Royce confirmed that some of the 10,000 workers at its two locations in the city could be affected.
A Rolls-Royce spokesperson said the pandemic was “unprecedented,” adding, “We have taken swift action to increase our cash flow, cut spending significantly in 2020, and build resilience in these exceptionally difficult times.
“But we will have to take additional measures. We promised to give our employees more details on the impact of the current situation on the size of our workforce before the end of this month. “
She added that negotiations were under way and that she would “consult all concerned.”
The Unite union said it was “not making any comments at this point.”
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