Another 1,000 jobs saved in fallout from Carillion collapse

Another 1,000 Carillion jobs have been saved over the last week as new companies take over contracts from the collapsed construction and services giant.

Another three jobs have gone from the Wolverhampton headquarters of collapsed construction giant Carillion
Another three jobs have gone from the Wolverhampton headquarters of collapsed construction giant Carillion

But three more staff from the company’s corporate centre will lose their jobs this week, the Official Receiver has said.

It is understood one of them worked at the former headquarters in Wolverhampton.

But two finance workers at the Salop Street offices have seen their jobs saved, transferring to new companies with the contracts they were working on.

Less than 140 people are still working at the Carillion House building, overlooking the city centre ring road, six months after the company went into liquidation. At the time of the collapse in January there were 460 people working there.

Most are admin staff handling human resources and contract paperwork for accountancy PwC, which is the special manager for the liquidation.

They are among just 1,100 people still working for Carillion or on the company’s remaining private and public sector contracts, out of a UK workforce that totalled around 18,000 at the time of the collapse.

A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: “Over 1,000 employees have transferred to new suppliers during the past week – close to three quarters of Carillion’s pre-liquidation workforce have now been found secure on-going employment.

“Regretably three roles in the corporate centre are no longer required and those employees will leave the business later this week. Jobcentre Plus’ RapidResponse Service is available to support them find new work.

“I would like to thank all staff for the professionalism they have shown throughout the liquidation.”

The 1,085 jobs transferred to new suppliers takes the total number of jobs saved in the collapse to 13,430 – nearly three quarters of the pre-liquidation workforce.

The latest transfers are mainly connected to two hospital contracts, involving staff working on facilities management work such as cleaning, portering, catering and security.

So far 2,407 people have been made redundant through the liquidation. Another 1,256 employees have left the business during over the last six months through finding new work, retirement or for other reasons.

Among those who lost their jobs were the Carillion workers on the Midland Metropolitan Hospital project at Smethwick. Work remains at a standstill while the hospital trust attempts to find a new company to repair weather damage at the site and also seeks a new contractor to complete the building work.

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