Range Control Building at the DERA Range Hebrides.

Jobs Axed At Ministry Of Defence Rocket Range

The cuts come as the operator is trying to scale back facilities at the site in the Outer Hebrides...

Range Control Building at the DERA Range Hebrides.

A military rocket range in the Outer Hebrides has been hit with a round of job cuts, with the potential for more losses.

So far nine posts have been axed at MoD Hebrides in Benbecula, however, there are further consultations to discuss further redundancies.

The site is the largest weapons test and evaluation range in Europe.

Though the site is operated by QinetiQ, the catering and cleaning subcontractor Elior was the one which cut the positions.

Redundancy consultations are underway with another subcontractor Mitie.

It comes as the operator is scaling back facilities at the West Camp site.

A spokeswoman for Elior UK said:

"We can confirm that nine Elior employees have been made redundant following consultations to determine the level of catering required for the scaled-back facilities at the West Camp."

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Picture: QinetiQ/MoD

A Mitie spokeswoman said: "QinetiQ is scaling back facilities at West Camp and as a result, it is unlikely that a physical security presence will be required at that site.

"We have entered into a consultation period with our employees and our primary focus is to support them throughout this process."

Mitie has 15 security employees across the three military sites on the island.

Cover photo: Ministry of Defence