United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Guildford; Leeds; Telford; Newcastle; Barrow; Leicester
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Defence giant BAE Systems is cutting 500 jobs as it closes its Telford, Leeds and Guildford factories, and reduces staff in three other locations.  The factories will close by the end of the year, and job losses will also come from the Newcastle, Barrow and Leicester sites.  The cuts are in its combat vehicles and weapons unit, and come after the company had already announced the loss of 200 jobs last November. The cuts are related to a decline in demand from the British Army due both to the current economic climate's need for budget cuts and the reduction of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Approximately 100 posts from the closing factories will hopefully be transferred to the company's Newcastle and Leicester sites. Bernie Hamilton, Unite's national officer, expressed the disappointment of union officials "The government must now make the right and speedy decision on the new scout vehicles, which must be designed, built and maintained in the UK by UK workers, to help underpin what remains of the UK capability and business"


  • 30 April 2009: The Guardian
  • 30 April 2009: BBC Website


Eurofound (2009), BAE Systems, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 68851, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68851.