A further 123 employees have been made redundant following the liquidation of construction giant Carillion, while an additional 481 employees have been transferred to new businesses.
As a result, 1,705 people have been made redundant as a result of the liquidation, while 9,073 jobs have been saved.
A spokesperson for the Official Receiver, part of the Insolvency Service, said the redundancies were “regrettable”, adding that Jobcentre Plus’ RapidResponse Service will provide the former employees with support to find new work. It is not known how many are from the company’s catering arm.
The spokesperson added: “Discussions with potential purchasers continue. I am continuing to engage with staff, elected employee representatives and unions to keep them informed as these arrangements are confirmed.”
More than 6,400 employees have been retained to enable Carillion to deliver the remaining services until decisions are taken to transfer or cease these contracts.
Carillion – which served 32,000 meals a day to pupils at more than 200 schools and 18,500 patient meals a day in 14 NHS trust hospitals through its catering arm – ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up debts of around £1.5b.