A strong performance by Atkins’ Middle East and Asia operations has helped to ease pressure on its UK business, according to a management statement.
“The Middle East continues to offer significant opportunities in major infrastructure projects across the region, in particular in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. We have begun the year investing heavily in key personnel and bidding activity in a market with the potential for material growth,” added the statement.
The firm said that strong trading conditions in the eastern end of the Asia Pacific and Europe division had balanced the weaker market in Europe and the UK.
It continued: “With added resilience brought to the UK business by its support for the group’s Middle East operations, we expect our overall headcount in the UK to stabilise broadly around current levels.”