The equivalent of 90 full-time jobs could be lost with the closing of the Enniskillen Covid-19 centre next month.

Serco, the company responsible for the management of the Enniskillen test centre confirmed to The Impartial Reporter the next steps when the test centre closes on April 22.

The spokesperson said: “There are currently about 90 full time equivalent roles that work from the Enniskillen test site including those who work on a number of Mobile Testing Units operating out of Enniskillen. The people are a mixture of Serco employees and agency staff.”

The Impartial Reporter understands that there is a mixture of staff working on a part-time and full-time basis which is equivalent to 90 full-time roles.

Explaining Serco’s role, a spokesperson said: “Serco has been responsible for managing the site. We do not provide the test kits, manage the booking system, process the test at the laboratories or mange the system that provides the results.

“Serco has managed approximately 20 per cent of the test centres in the UK.”

When asked how long closing the site and removing the equipment and infrastructure will last, a spokesperson said: “The duration of the process to close the site and remove the equipment varies by site depending on the infrastructure present and will take a number of months. Exact dates for demobilisation of the Enniskillen site are yet to be confirmed.”

A Serco spokesperson added: “We are proud of our team who have managed the test centre in Enniskillen over the last two years, supporting the Government’s efforts to tackle the pandemic. It has always been clear that we would only manage the test centre as long as it is required.

“Throughout we have always sought to keep our people regularly updated and informed of developments as soon as we are able. Along with our employment agency we are in discussion with our team at Enniskillen about opportunities for future employment with Serco or with other organisations that the agency support.”