Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Helicopter firm reviews workforce size after "fall off" in work

A helicopter repair firm has said it is reviewing the size of its Hampshire workforce, blaming a "fall off" in work as Sea King helicopters are retired.

Gosport's Vector Aerospace said a consultation at its Fleetlands site, where 1,000 people are employed, will take several months.

A spokesman said it was "too early to speculate" about the numbers involved.

The company provides maintenance, repairs and overhaul support for the Ministry of Defence's Sea King fleet.

The MoD will retire the helicopter from service in early 2016.

"The reduction in Sea King work will affect us in 2014 so it is necessary to start the consultation process now," the company said in a statement.

"There is still some uncertainty with respect to the size and shape of the final phase of work in support of Sea King.

"It also depends on factors such as how many people can be re-deployed within the business and how successful we shall be in winning other contracts in the next six months."

According to the company's website, it employs approximately 2,700 people in 21 locations across the world.

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