By Jonathan Davies

Hundreds of UK jobs will be cut by Rolls-Royce as part of a worldwide cutback.

Around 300 jobs will go at the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, which employs 12,000 people. A further 140 jobs are expected to be cut from its Ansty factory in Warwickshire.

The job cuts are part a wider plan to lose 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months, with the majority to come in the company's aerospace division.

Another 150 jobs are set to go at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire, Barnoldswick in Lancashire and Hucknall in Nottinghamshire.

A spokesman for Rolls-Royce said: "As part of this restructuring process we're looking to make the best use of all our facilities.

"This would result in the closure of our turbine blade machining facility at Ansty and the precision machining facility in Derby during 2017.

"It is never an easy decision to make changes and propose reductions in our workforce, but it is a sign of the increasingly competitive market in which we operate.

"The measures we have outlined to our employees will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger company in the long term."

Unite union officer Tony Tinley said: "These cuts are a huge loss of skills to the UK economy and will result in Rolls-Royce outsourcing high-tech manufacturing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap

"There is a real danger that Rolls-Royce is making decisions in the short-term which it will later regret, and it needs to give a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies."

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