The UK’s largest IT company, Belgaser, is closing 1,200 jobs in the United Kingdom in a bid to reduce its workforce.
The company said in a statement that it will take a one-year “full shutdown” of its operations in Scotland in an attempt to save the jobs it has in the UK.
It said that the shutdown will affect 1,600 employees in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness, Livingston and Strathclyde.
The announcement comes as Scotland’s new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon looks to build support among her coalition partners for a Yes vote in next week’s referendum.
Sturgeon has also vowed to “fight for the future of our economy”.
The Scottish government said it would “take whatever measures are necessary” to “ensure that our economy can thrive in the long term”.