The public sector taskforce spearheading the drive to replace jobs being shed at Dounreay is hopeful of success – and a prominent union has suggested the answer is in space. Project managers have identified six growth sectors which they believe can fill the gap and underwrite the £100 million-plus the nuclear plant spends on wages and contracts placed with companies in the area. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) last year announced 200 posts were to go – 150 in-house and 50 with contractors based at the plant. The latest phase of the rundown, which will see DSRL’s payroll dip below 900, has put a renewed spotlight on Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, which is in charge of the new jobs drive. Project manager Eann Sinclair yesterday admitted: “It took us by surprise when this was announced though the silver lining has been that they have been voluntary redundancies, not compulsory ones. It is however a taste of things to come.” The partnership is meanwhile continuing to refine its “hit list” of sectors where it foresees new jobs coming on stream to replace those going at Dounreay.
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