Business Aeronautics has already cut more than 45,000 jobs worldwide

Aeronautics has already cut more than 45,000 jobs worldwide

British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced a 17% reduction in its workforce.

By Véronique Guillermard
Engine manufacturer Rolls Royce, Airbus equipment manufacturer plans to cut at least 9,000 positions in civil aviation and at its headquarters in Derby in the United Kingdom
Engine manufacturer Rolls Royce, Airbus equipment manufacturer plans to cut at least 9,000 positions in civil aviation and at its headquarters in Derby in the United Kingdom PAUL ELLIS / AFP

The hemorrhage is worsening in aeronautics, with more than 45,000 jobs lost worldwide since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Last announcement to date, that of the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Wednesday, who decided on a clear cut “at least 9000 positions “, or 17% of its global workforce (52,000 employees), mainly in its civil sector. The British group will also reduce its investments and industrial costs in order to protect its cash flow. The restructuring is expected to generate £ 1.3 billion (€ 1.45 billion) in savings on an annual basis, including £ 700 million from the social plan alone. The group justifies these measures by the brutality and the depth of the crisis “unprecedented”, brought on by the pandemic, which brought the airlines to a halt. “Our customers in aviation and aeronautics have to adapt and so do we”, insists Warren East, general manager of Rolls-Royce. Airbus has indeed announced a reduction of a third of its speeds

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