Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; Eastern Scotland; Clackmannanshire and Fife
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 February 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Babcock has announced plans to cut 150 jobs at its shipyard at Rosyth. This follows two previous restructures in 2017 and 2018 which cut 400 jobs in total. The latest job cuts are necessary as the workload will decrease when the contract to supply Royal Navy aircraft carriers comes to an end. The timeframe for the job losses has not been reported.

Unions have reacted with disappointment at the news. A spokesperson for Unite argued that redundancies would lead to a loss of skills and further decline in the Scottish shipbuilding industry. A spokesperson for GMB urged the UK government to do more to ensure that government contracts are awarded to UK shipyards.



Eurofound (2019), Babcock, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 96693, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/96693.