As the deadly coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, British multinational engineering company Rolls Royce is set to cut down about 9,000 jobs and it tries to stabilize the economic implications caused by the disease.
However, the report says the reduction of nearly a fifth of its workforce would mainly affect its civil aerospace division.
“This is not a crisis of our making. But it is the crisis that we face and must deal with,” boss Warren East said.
The bulk of the job cuts are expected to be in the UK at its site in Derby.
Rolls-Royce employs 52,000 people globally and Mr East told the BBC’s Today programme that the company had not yet concluded on “exactly” where the job losses would be, due to having to consult with unions, writes the BBC.
But he said: “It’s fair to say that of our civil aerospace business approximately two-thirds of the total employees are in the UK at the moment and that’s probably a good first proxy.”
Roll-Royce’s civil aerospace business has a number of sites in the UK, but the largest plant is in Derby.