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CH2M Hill says region still to grow despite cuts

MENAI director Neil Reynolds says 400 staff have been hired this year

CH2M Hill's MENAI regional director Neil Reynolds.
CH2M Hill's MENAI regional director Neil Reynolds.

CH2M Hill's regional director Neil Reynolds has said the firm is still on track with a plan to double its regional staffing levels by 2020 despite plans by the building consultancy to shed 5% of its workforce worldwide.

The company's new CEO, Jacqueline Hinman, revealed last week that it plans to cut around 5% of its global workforce of 26,000 employees, which equates to around 1,200 roles in a move that will save up to $100mn a year.

However, the director of its Middle East, North Africa and India region, which employs 2,400 staff across five main offices, said that its strategy for the region is "still on track to double its size by 2020".

He said that the firm had hired 400 staff this year and is "still recruiting to fill its growing number of vacancies".

"CH2M HILL has strong commitment to continue to grow its business in the MENAI region and is managing the company globally to optimise our ability to invest in our high-growth markets."

The company, which has been through a number of mergers in recent years, including one with Halcrow in 2011, had said its corporate structure and overheads "had grown in anticipation of a future state that did not materialise".

CH2M Hill is handling a number of major construction programmes in the region. It is advising Qatar's 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy on its stadium building programme and on the IDRIS and STEP deep sewerage network projects in Doha and Abu Dhabi respectively.

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