Vestas looks set to lay off 220 staff members both here in the UK and Denmark, it has been announced today (Thursday).
Island Echo has learnt that just 25 of these 220 positions will be lost in the United Kingdom, but the company has been unable to comment on the specific locations of these job losses.
It is unknown at this time if any jobs will be lost here on the Isle of Wight. However, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed that today’s announcement is not expected to impact hourly-paid workers at factories.
Vestas operate 2 sites on the Island; Monks Brook in Newport and Stag Lane between Newport and Cowes.
Vestas has begun the integration of Vestas and MHI Vestic Offshore Wind into one organisation that is based on one shared operating model and unified culture. As a result, were will be synergies across several functions, which has unfortunately led to redundancies.
Henrik Andersen, Group President and CEO of Vestas, has said:
“Since we announced the agreement to acquire MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, we have meticulously planned how we can build a united and strong Vestas organisation that can lead and scale up in both onshore and offshore wind. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication during a difficult period where my colleagues have contributed to both the integration planning and execution of commercial commitments.
“We have now started implementing our integration plans, which unfortunately includes letting around 220 hardworking colleagues go. It is never easy to make such a decision or say goodbye to good colleagues but integrating and simplifying two companies inherently creates overlaps between functions and it’s therefore necessary if we want to create a competitive and scalable organisation”.
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Vestas will now go into a consultation process with relevant employee representatives and aims to have clarity for most employees by end of January.