Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has announced that it intends to reduce staffing levels at Dounreay following the successful completion of several decommissioning projects. The reductions (approximately 150 direct employees and 50 in the supply chain, amounting to around 10-15% of the workforce) will be achieved on a voluntary basis over the next year or so.
The clean-up of the nuclear estate is a key priority for both the Scottish and UK governments. Dounreay’s decommissioning is well established with the site due to reach an interim end state by the early 2030s. However an inevitable consequence of making progress is that jobs will gradually reduce. With a number of projects due to be completed and a different mix of skills required for the next phase of work, some staff are being given the opportunity to volunteer for redundancy.
Given these workforce reductions have long been expected more than £10 million invested by Dounreay and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in strategic socio-economic projects in the last decade and more to follow. This has helped leverage more than £35 million of additional funding, which is creating new and sustainable jobs in Caithness and North Sutherland.