The Company

The Company AWE

AWE employs around 4,500 staff and over 2,000 contractors, whose work covers a vast range of disciplines. We employ scientists, engineers, technicians, crafts-people and safety specialists, as well as business and administrative experts – many of whom are leaders in their field.

AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a government-owned / contractor operated (GOCO) arrangement. While our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day-to-day operations and the maintenance of Britain’s nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company: AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group. Following competition, a contract was awarded to AWE ML covering an initial period of 10 years from April 2000. In 2003, the contract was extended to a 25-year term following a detailed evaluation of AWE ML's long-term partnering proposals. The contract is priced in five-yearly periods. The next contract period takes effect from 3 April 2013.

AWE ML has delegated responsibility to AWE plc to deliver the contract. AWE plc employs the workforce, maintains the nuclear site operating licences and discharge authorisations; its directors have total responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the AWE programme.

The MOD, apart from being our customer, holds a special share in AWE plc and monitors our operations and performance, and along with other regulators and legislative bodies assures high safety and security standards are maintained at all times