Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Lancashire, Brough, Marham, Leeming, Portsmouth, Solent region, London, Guildford and others..
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.40 - Manufacture of military fighting vehicles

1,915 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


Defence contractor BAE systems has announced plans to cut 1,915 jobs from its UK operations. The cuts will affect jobs in the company's military, maritime and intelligence divisions. The majority of the cuts will be from the aircraft manufacturing part of the business which result from a lack of orders for the Typhoon Jet and the Hawk trainer jet. It is anticipated that the job cuts will begin in January 2018 and take place over a two year period.

Business Minister, Claire Perry, responded to questions in Parliament about the job cuts and denied that they were the result of cuts to the UK's defence budget. Commentators have suggested that, rather than the cuts being attributable to lack of orders from the UK government, falling sales to controversial buyers in the Middle East is more likely the cause.

The Union has reacted with anger claiming that the UK government should take back control of the UK defence so support UK defence manufacturing jobs. 


  • 10 October 2017: BBC Website
  • 10 October 2017: Financial Times


Eurofound (2017), BAE Systems, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 92361, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92361.