Carillion collapse: 4400 jobs saved on defence and prisons contracts

Reuters

Reuters

The official receiver has provided 4,418 employees with the welcome news who were working in cleaning and catering for defence bases and prison facilities management.

Around 4,400 of the saved jobs are as a result of arrangements to transfer prison facilities management and defence bases catering and cleaning contracts to new providers.

"Employment could not be secured for a further 59 employees working on paused construction projects and regrettably they will leave the business later this week", it said.

Nearly 1,000 job roles have so far been lost after construction giant Carillion collapsed into liquidation last month.

The official receiver, the office sifting through Carillion's contracts for the government's Insolvency Service, raised hopes for the 11,800 staff who have yet to learn their fate, saying there was a "lot of interest" from companies keen to take on more of the collapsed company's public and private sector work.

So far 6,668 jobs have been saved and 989 people have been made redundant through the liquidation of Carillion, which collapsed on January 15. They will be able to claim statutory redundancy payments and will be offered support through Jobcentre Plus' Rapid Response Service.

Carillion ran maintenance services at prisons including Wandsworth.

The process to find new suppliers to deliver Carillion's contracts continues, the spokesperson added.

"Most employees who have transferred so far have done so on existing or similar terms and I will continue to facilitate this wherever possible as we work to find new providers for Carillion's other contracts", a spokesperson for the Receiver said.

The firm employed 20,000 people in the United Kingdom and held a variety of public sector contracts ranging from building new hospitals to providing school dinners.

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