MORE than 70 jobs are at risk after Siemens announced the closure of its only office in Durham.
The company is to move its human resources department to Poole in Dorset.
Consultations have begun with the 74 Siemens employees who work in Millburngate House on the banks of the Wear in the centre of Durham City.
The company concedes it has no similar jobs in the area for the employees to move to, although some may be offered positions in Poole. A spokeswoman said the consultations began in the last few days, which means final decisions on the future of employees are yet to be taken.
The spokeswoman added: “As part of its long-term strategy to position itself for sustainable, healthy growth, Siemens Human Resources Centre in Durham is to move to Poole in Dorset.
“This will affect 74 employees.
“Every attempt will be made to make these changes through restructuring and transferring roles to Poole wherever possible.
“We will consult fully with employees and representatives to achieve a positive outcome.
“Siemens is a highly successful business and remains committed to the UK.
“This announcement does not impact on our operations and business goals.”
Siemens employs about 13,700 people in the UK working in energy, industry, infrastructure and healthcare.