Feb 15, 2019
Dyson sweeps 100 back office jobs out of the UK
Dyson outsourced more than 100 back office roles out of the UK only months before announcing the relocation of its headquarters to Asia, said current and former employees of the consumer appliances maker. The staffing changes came before Dyson made the surprise announcement last month that it was moving its head office to Singapore, where it is building an electric car factory, because of its growing sales and manufacturing operations in the region. A Dyson spokesperson said the redundancies had nothing to do with its HQ move and the outsourcing reflected how 96 per cent of the company's sales are now outside the UK, adding: "We needed more of those roles to be facing those markets". Dyson has more than doubled its UK workforce over the past five years, revamped its main Malmesbury site and constructed a second R&D centre at a disused former airfield in nearby Hullavington, where it is spending £200m on new building and testing facilities. The staff changes last year came as rising demand for Dyson's vacuum cleaners, hairdryers and fans boosted annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation by one-third to a record £1.1bn. Turnover was 28 per cent higher at £4.4bn. The privately owned company, controlled by Sir James, ceased UK manufacturing in 2003 and now makes its products in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
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