Dozens of jobs axed at Marshalls

The building slump has resulted in dozens of jobs being axed by concrete firm Marshalls.

It is axing 67 jobs at its West Lane site at Southowram.

Manufacturing director Andrew Robinson said: “West Lane has been negatively impacted by reduced consumer demand caused by the ongoing recession, record levels of rainfall and sustained low consumer confidence levels.

“It is important for us to react appropriately to the situation so that there’s a match between our activity, capability and the needs of the market.”

Talks are now taking place with affected employees and union representatives and the consultation period runs until October 2 which includes examining options to protect some of the affected roles.

Last week Marshalls announced its Maltby operations in South Yorkshire would shut by the end of the year with the loss of 50 jobs.

And the company is looking at further cuts among its 2,300 workforce nationwide.

Marshalls recently reported a plunge in half-year pre-tax profits to £7.6 million from £12.2 million for the same period last year.

It said the record rainfall had been a factor for a £10 million fall in sales due to DIY projects being put on hold and the outlook for the construction sector remained bleak.