Willmott Dixon furloughs 800 staff as 90% of its sites stay open

Grant Prior 3 years ago
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Willmott Dixon is furloughing more than 800 of its 2,200 staff despite 90% of its sites remaining open.

Over 400 staff have already volunteered to be furloughed with a similar number expected to join them this week.

Willmott Dixon said it is “following the Government’s advice that construction work, as a key part of the UK economy that cannot be delivered from home, should continue.”

Around 90% of its projects are operational but are facing growing supply side challenges in securing trade and materials.

Willmott Dixon said: “The company is ensuring the Site Operating Procedures produced by the Construction Leadership Council, in collaboration with Public Health England, are stringently implemented within its existing H&S protocols governing safe site activity.

“This includes working closely with supply chain partners and other stakeholders to agree practices and programmes to create a safe environment.

“To further protect jobs during the current period of restricted movement required to defeat Covid-19, Willmott Dixon is using the option of furloughing some of its people who are unable to carry out their normal job.

“So far, over 400 of Willmott Dixon’s people have volunteered to be furloughed to support the company, with a similar number of colleagues joining them this week on the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.

“These temporary measures to furlough people will be reviewed at the end of May as the company takes the required action to safeguard the long-term future of its people during the current period.”

Group chief executive Rick Willmott added: “The battle to defeat Covid-19 has created an enormous challenge, one which is going to test us all immensely as we strive to protect jobs and be as resilient as we can be to the worst effects of the situation.

“While we had to take the tough decision of asking for volunteers to join the furlough process, I was deeply touched by the large number of colleagues who responded.

“We appreciate the decency and understanding of everyone who has been through this process; it is our intention to get everyone back to work as quickly as possible.

“While we don’t know how long this will last, taking the action to furlough some of our people now will help us ensure that we emerge from this in good shape and ready for the future after the pandemic is over.

“Our position from the start of this crisis has been that we must continue to build wherever we can do so, safely and within the prescribed guidelines.

“I welcome the Government’s proactive support in the last week and its recognition of how construction is making a ‘hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our Nation’.

“With most of the industry returning to work, the focus must be on re-engaging with material producers and suppliers where we have seen a marked reduction in capacity in the last two weeks; without their support, outputs will not recover in the short-term.”

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