Airbus Group aims to reach agreement with labour groups by the middle of 2017 on jobs cuts and transfers impacting around 1,500 jobs as part of the plan to merge its group structure and commercial aircraft division into a new entity.

Airbus today provided details to its European Central Works Council of plans to reduce its current 136,000 strong workforce by up to 1,164 jobs. "These reductions will mainly affect support and integrated functions as well as the chief technology office organisation," it says.

Another 325 jobs will be transferred to Toulouse as part of plans to consolidate its headquarters in the French city. That would take the net workforce cuts down to just under 1,000.

But the manufacturer does detail plans to create 230 positions to secure what it calls "critical skills need for the company's way ahead in the era of digital transformation".

Airbus aims to secure agreement on appropriate social measures covering the job cuts by the middle of 2017, which will including voluntary departures, redeployments and early retirements.

"This is a logical and necessary step in our integration journey, which started back in 2012. It supports operations, group-wide collaboration and the digital transformation, which we are embarking on and which is a matter of utmost strategic priority for our entire company," says Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders.

Under the integration, announced in September, Airbus will merge the group structure with its largest division, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, from the start of next year. In the new set-up the company will retain Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters as divisions.

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