Construction engineering group Arup is preparing to make up to 600 of its employees redundant.
The global firm, which provides a range of design, planning, consulting and engineering services, blamed “tough market conditions”.
An Arup statement said: “We continue to operate in a period of uncertainty in the economy.
“Arup, like any responsible business, needs to ensure its long-term business health, which means that it is essential that we match our resources to our current and anticipated workload. Like many other businesses, we have been affected by the weak market, as well as expected and current cuts in government expenditure.”
Arup said it would “implement a programme of redundancies, with a 90 day consultation”, that began this week.
“While we will endeavour to redeploy staff within the firm where possible, we anticipate that these staff reductions may affect up to 600 employees. Groups that are part of the consultation include staff across Arup in the UK,” the statement added.