Swift Caravans confirms job losses in 'tough trading environment'
Swift Group is one of the country's biggest caravan manufacturers
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Mar 2019
Job losses have been announced at caravan builder Swift.
The manufacturer said “a tough trading environment” and “wider economic uncertainty” were reasons behind the decision to axe jobs at the company.
One employee at Swift said they had been called into a team meeting on Tuesday, where they were told redundancies were being made, before being told on Thursday morning they had lost their job.
The former employee said: “I got called into a team meeting on Tuesday, and that was the first I knew about it.
“The company did not say how many jobs were going, they just said because of uncertainty in the market they had to let some people go.
Swift Group has bases in Cottingham and Hull (Peter Harbour)
“I had been working at Swift for around four years. It was a brilliant place to work, so this has come out of the blue for me.”
Swift said tough trading conditions had forced the company to take a number of actions in recent months, including periods of short-time working last year.
It said staff affected by the redundancies had now all been informed.
A spokesperson at Swift said: “The UK leisure vehicle sector continues to be a tough trading environment and, along with the wider economy, faces levels of uncertainty in the near to medium-term future.
“As a responsible manufacturer, we actively respond to market changes and the challenges they present.
“The company has taken a number of different actions in recent months, including periods of short time working last year.
“Recently a small number of positions have been made redundant, following an efficiency review across the business.
“This activity has now been completed and the employees affected have been informed. A HR1 was not required to be submitted as the number of positions made redundant was less than 15.”
Last October, Swift had a planned shutdown week, with a small proportion of staff at the manufacturer also not working Fridays for several weeks throughout the autumn.
Job losses have now been confirmed at the caravan builder, as it takes further action in response to toughening conditions.
The former employee at Swift said: “I am optimistic I will be able to get a job somewhere else. There are plenty of opportunities out there.
“It just came as a shock to me really. I need to get my head around what’s happened, and then get myself back into the marketplace.”