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MORE than half of the jobs under threat of redundancy at an engineering group have been saved.

Trade unions said they have welcomed the decision by engineering group Rolls-Royce, to keep 45 key marine engineering jobs in Portsmouth.

As reported, Rolls-Royce announced in February that it could close its marine engineering facility in Portsmouth by the end of the year.

The firm said a drop in workload due to ‘challenging market conditions’ in the defence sector was to blame. and that 33 manufacturing jobs would be axed when contracts ended, with 30 engineers possibly moving to Bristol.

The closure would have resulted up to 75 jobs being axed. The firm has now said 45 posts will be secure.

The business will be moving from its current base in Cosham, Portsmouth to another site at Broad Oak in Portsmouth.

Rolls-Royce is responsible for both the design and manufacture of key components of the new class of aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, which were built in Portsmouth, and are being assembled in Scotland.

Unions Prospect and Unite have worked with the company to help save jobs.

Prospect negotiator John Ferrett said: ‘This is extremely welcome news for Prospect members working at Rolls-Royce.

‘The company faced losing all of these staff after deciding to relocate engineering to its Bristol plant and members faced losing their jobs.

‘This decision has secured the roles of 45 skilled engineers and leaves the door open for the business to grow in Portsmouth if it succeeds in attracting new orders.’

Rolls-Royce was unavailable for comment.