Council welcomes good news on Kier jobs

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Fears that 40 staff at Kier Construction in Wisbech could be put out of work when the business moves to Cambridge in a few weeks have proved unfounded.

Thirty-two of those initially considered under threat have guaranteed jobs. 27 are relocating to the company’s new office, two have secured posts with Kier elsewhere and three have found other work.

The good news on jobs was announced this week by Graham Howe, Kier’s Eastern managing director. It was welcomed by Fenland District Council, which has been lending support to Kier’s staff since the announcement of the Wisbech closure in May.

Mr Howe said: “I would like to thank the staff for their on-going commitment and professionalism during this major transition - they have been tremendous. Since the closure was announced, the potential loss of 40 jobs has significantly reduced.

“Thirty-two members of staff are either transferring to Cambridge or have transferred to other parts of the business or have found new roles. Clearly it is disappointing to lose any staff; however, I am pleased that the majority have already found employment and I am confident that the others will, too, because they are quality people.”

Mr Howe also thanked Fenland District Council for their continuing support and commitment to the business, especially over recent months.

“Immediately after our announcement in May, the council came in offering help on a range of things, including counselling for staff and advice on careers and retraining,” he said. “I’m grateful for all their support. They have been very professional in understanding our business needs.”

He added: “Although moving to Cambridge, Kier will continue to work in the Wisbech area to maintain and build upon the legacy that it has created over the past 84 years.”

The plans to relocate the business to Cambridge are well under way and should be completed by early September, Mr Howe said.

Fenland District Council leader Alan Melton said: “We’re obviously disappointed that Kier are leaving Wisbech. However, we understand why they have felt it necessary to relocate and we congratulate them for managing to cut the number of potential job losses in the town so significantly. That is very good news for local people.

“We’re glad that we have been able to help them through what has inevitably been a very difficult period for all concerned.”

Deputy leader Chris Seaton added: “Kier has been a key employer here for many years and we welcome their continued commitment to working in the area. We hope to carry on supporting that in the future.”