Rolls-Royce to add 350 jobs in 2016 to reassure commitment to UK

Posted on 21 Mar 2016 by Callum Bentley

Rolls-Royce is likely to announce an extra 350 jobs throughout 2016.

It is expected that company CEO, Warren East will announce the news to PMs at a meeting this week.

The meeting has been called by PMs whose constituencies Rolls-Royce operates in, to ensure the business intends to keep its primary workforce and operations within the UK.

Concerns were first raised of the company’s commitment to the UK when it was announced the test bed in Germany for its bigger engines.

The additional workforce will be a result of the company ramping up production of its Trent XWB to meet orders worth £30m.

The 350 jobs will primarily be based at the Derby site, however it is believed there will be some additional redeployment at other sites throughout the UK.

A spokesman for the company commented: “As we ramp up production of the Trent XWB to deliver on £30bn-worth of orders, we increasing the size of the workforce involved in assembling the engine.

“Rolls-Royce is committed to the UK and we have announced well in excess of £400m of investment in new facilities here in the last couple of years alone.”

The past two years have not been easy for the company after issuing fie separate profit warnings and thousands of jobs being cut. Management has also seen a large reshuffle as Rolls-Royce continually looks to find ways of saving £250m a year.

The news follows an announcement earlier this month that Rolls-Royce is to cut a further 150 senior manager positions, having already slashed 50 senior manager roles in recent months.