Following the announcement of 320 job losses at Rolls-Royce, including roles at the firm's site in Derby, the company has issued the following statement:
The number of people employed by Rolls-Royce in the UK will remain constant or grow in the coming year. However in order to increase production and to stay competitive the mix of our workforce needs to change with more people in front line engineering and production jobs and fewer in support functions.
Wherever possible we will redeploy people and we will seek to avoid compulsory redundancies. Last year, we recruited more than 300 people onto our graduate schemes and will recruit more. We also took on another 300 apprentices and that number will grow in the year ahead.
Rolls-Royce has come under fire today for announcing job losses.
The union, Unite, says as many as 320 jobs are being axed, including jobs at the firm's site in Derby.
The company says the number of people it employs will remain constant or grow in the coming year.
However, they also added that with more people in frontline engineering and production jobs, there will be fewer needed in support functions.