Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
33 - Repair and installation of machinery and equipment

260 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 February 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 May 2018
Foreseen end date
30 June 2018


It has been announced that 260 jobs are to be cut from Marine Enginnering Firm BiFab, resulting in the closure of two yards. The company is making its reductions from sites in Fife and on the Isle of Lewis. The redundancy notices will be served and the only prospect of reversing the decision is if new contracts for work are signed. Despite calls for the Scottish Government to intervene to protect the jobs, the Government has said that it will only give 'practical' support in the form of skills and employability training for workers who lose their jobs. The job losses are expected to begin in May 2018 and conclude the following month.

UPDATE 08/06/2018: The GMB and Unite unions have announced that 35 out of the remaining 43 core shop floor workers at the BiFab fabrication yard at Methil and Burntisland in Fife have been given statutory redundancy notices by BiFab’s new management. The redundancies came only a few weeks after BiFab was acquired by the Canadian engineering company JV Driver, through its subsidiary DF Barnes, in an agreement that was supported by the Scottish government. The union representatives said that 'some workers will be out of a job as early as two weeks' time and most will be gone in three months'.


  • 12 February 2018: BBC Website
  • 8 June 2018: The Courier
  • 17 April 2018: BBC News


Eurofound (2018), BiFab, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 93582, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93582.