House-builder Stewart Milne to cut 40 jobs across UK

Stewart Milne Group More than 20 posts are said to be at risk in Aberdeen

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One of Scotland's biggest house-builders has announced plans to cut 40 jobs.

The Stewart Milne Group said the posts would go in its timber systems division.

The company is blaming the recession and lower levels of operational activity due to a downturn in demand.

The jobs will go in Aberdeen, Glasgow and at the firm's base in Witney in Oxfordshire. The firm employs 257 people across the UK.

The group said there were 40 proposed redundancies, with a total of 66 posts at risk - 25 in Aberdeen, eight in Glasgow and 33 in Witney.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems managing director Alex Goodfellow said: "While we have tried as far as possible to minimise the effects of recession on our staff, required business levels cannot be maintained in the current economic climate.

"The proposed redundancies are spread geographically across our locations in Witney, Oxfordshire, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

"The employees affected come from a combination of departments. Enhanced redundancy packages and a full Employee Assistance Programme is being provided to those affected."

He said no other division within the Stewart Milne Group was affected.

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