145 jobs are at risk at Manchester digital transformation specialist ANS Group as the company undergoes a “restructure.”
Staff whose jobs are at risk were informed of the process in a call with ANS CEO Richard Thompson on Wednesday morning, a transcript of which has been seen by Prolific North.
An email sent to affected staff later in the day, also seen by Prolific North, confirmed that 145 jobs are at risk, with a total of “approximately 94” redundancies expected. Staff were also invited to begin nominations for two representatives to “represent the interests” of affected staff with two rounds of voting to take place on Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25.
Following the announcement of the successful candidates on Friday, May 26, the email says that appointees will be given “full training and support on their duties and responsibilities,” with a 45-day consultation process scheduled to begin on Monday, May 29.
Thompson reportedly told staff on the call that the restructuring follows a “strategy road show” which took place last November, and was described as “standard practice” following a large merger – ANS Group was formed from the merger of UKFast and ANS in October 2021. The company has also recently undergone significant restructuring at board level, with a new COO and CFO among the key appointments.
He added: “We also need to acknowledge and lean into the current reality that ANS is not immune to the macro-economic pressures affecting all UK business and consumers.”
The redundancies represent around 10 per cent of ANS Group’s “850+” workforce.
ANS told Prolific North: “It is necessary for us to undergo a restructure in order to create the best shape and size for ANS to continue to deliver for our customers. Sadly, this means there are potentially a number of redundancies. With respect for the privacy and confidentiality of all of our people, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.”