Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 31st July 2018
A total of 356 people have been let go as employees of Carillion, the facilities management and construction services giant which crashed into administration earlier this year and is now being liquidated.
The latest job losses take the total number of people made redundant since Carillion’s collapse in January to almost 3,000.
Announcements on the most recent job losses were made by the Official Receiver, which was appointed to oversee and undertake the process of liquidating Carillion’s assets and business operations.
Almost all of the 356 people laid off this week were apprentices working within the company’s construction sector operations.
Efforts were being made by the Official Receiver to find ways of transferring the employment of Carillion workers and apprentices to other companies involved in similar fields but that has proven not to be possible in every instance.
“A further 21 jobs have been transferred to new suppliers over the past week and in total, more than 13,500 jobs have been saved,” a spokesperson for the Official Receiver said in a statement.
“Regrettably, 356 people will be leaving the business as their roles are no longer required but support is available to help them find new work.
“Staff have been professional throughout the liquidation and we will continue to engage with staff, their elected representatives and unions as arrangements are confirmed.”
Further statements from liquidators explain that a total of 1,277 former Carillion employees have not needed to be made redundant because they’ve retired or left voluntarily for some other reason since the company officially became insolvent.
Only 650 people are still employed by the business, which is continuing to provide some services to clients and fulfilling elements of contracts committed to before its collapse.
However, those people are expected only to remain in their posts “until decisions are taken to transfer or cease its [Carillion’s] remaining contracts”, the Official Receiver has said.
Carillion’s collapse and subsequent entry into liquidation is known to have had some very significant knock on consequences for hundreds of other businesses across the UK.
In many cases, within the construction services sector in particular, the demise of Carillion has led to major cash flow problems and potential insolvency.