The vast majority of a road project’s workers kept their jobs despite the collapse of a construction giant, new figures show.
Carillion, which was among a consortium of the firms building the AWPR, crashed in January, throwing the future of its north-east-based staff into uncertainty.
Now, the UK Government’s Insolvency Service has told the Evening Express 57 of Carillion’s AWPR staff had their jobs transferred to other companies working on the project.
“Unfortunately, there were two redundancies,” a spokesman for the service added.
Across the UK, 2,403 Carillion workers were made redundant, while 12,338 had their roles transferred.
A further 1,249 voluntarily left the business after finding new work or retiring, and Carillion’s receivers have kept the remaining 2,100 staff on until contracts end.
A spokesman for Carillion’s official receiver said: “Jobcentre Plus’ rapid response service will provide those who have been made redundant with every support to find new work.
“I would like to thank all staff for the professionalism they have shown throughout the liquidation.”
North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald said: “It is a matter of regret that two people have lost their jobs because of the collapse of Carillion, particularly because the current jobs market is very competitive and finding alternative roles can be tough.
“However, I am pleased the vast majority of staff have been kept on, so the impact on their livelihoods is kept to a minimum and their expertise is retained.”
Mr Macdonald added he was pleased to see the first main section of the AWPR open between Parkhill and Blackdog on June 27.
He said: “It has been 15 years since the project was announced and we need to see it open soon, though work needs to be done safely.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “We’re looking towards completion around October/November this year. If we can do it earlier than that, we will.”