Mainly non-client facing roles to go as part of restructuring plan to integrate Hewitt

Insurance broking giant Aon could shed between 1500 and 1800 jobs across its global business as part of plans to integrate Hewitt Associates.

The roles are mostly non-client facing and will not effect service levels, Aon said. The plans of the potential losses are detailed in a regulatory filing in the US.

The company estimates about $325m in expenses as part of the restructuring plan, which is expected to continue through 2013, including $180m workforce reduction and real-estate realisation costs.

In a statement, Aon said: "With the completion of this merger, Aon Hewitt clients will continue to receive the superior levels of service from their client teams with an even broader range of innovative services and solutions to meet their changing needs. The retention and engagement of our people is critical to the ongoing success of Aon Hewitt.

"As we have stated in previous announcements, the estimated number of global positions to be eliminated over the course of our restructuring plan represent primarily non-client facing roles within the combined organisation. It is an unfortunate outcome of the merger and we are committed to treating our affected colleagues with fairness and respect."