Major North-east housebuilder begins consultation process putting scores of jobs at risk

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A MAJOR north-east housebuilder has started a consultation process with its workforce which will lead to job losses in Aberdeen.

Stewart Milne Group is merging its two homes divisions in Scotland with up to 80 jobs under threat of redundancy.

The redundancies will affect staff in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester and not its Tayside workforce.

Stuart MacGregor, Stewart Milne Group chief executive, said: “Over the last nine months, we have been developing new design standards, products and accelerated build programmes and investing in digitalisation that will make us more competitive.

“Our recent annual business plan process assessed the likely market demand in each of the housing markets in which we operate.

“As a result of this, we are combining our Scottish operations to ensure we have the right resources in the right places and can leverage the benefits of our newly developed consistent ways of working and standards of excellence in design, build and marketing.

“Regrettably, our restructure will impact on jobs and we are embarking on a consultation process which will put 60 – 80 posts at risk of redundancy in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester from a total of almost 1,000.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but one based on what is best for the longer-term future of the business, protecting the majority of jobs and ensuring we are better positioned for growth in the next five years.”

The Covid-19-imposed restrictions have resulted in the loss of nearly three months of trading which has inevitably impacted on financial performance.

Since coming out of lockdown, however, Stewart Milne Group has reported strong sales performance across Scotland and North West England, particularly in Tayside, the Central Belt of Scotland and popular commuter areas in North West England.

 

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