The National Trust has today confirmed it has been able to halve the number of compulsory job losses following the biggest redundancy consultation in its 125-year history as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Following 45 days of consultation, which saw the Trust consider more than 14,500 pieces of feedback from staff and volunteers, the charity has said it is making 514 compulsory redundancies, which includes 62 hourly paid staff, as a result of the impact of the coronavirus crisis. It has also accepted 782 voluntary redundancies, including 146 from hourly paid staff.
In July, the Trust warned job losses and budget cuts were inevitable after almost every aspect of its income was hit by the coronavirus crisis. It had proposed making 1,200 compulsory redundancies, saving almost £60m of its annual staff budget. But following a wide-ranging consultation with affected staff and voluntary redundancies, the number of compulsory job losses has reduced by half.
Following the consultation, a number of changes have been made to the original proposals, including retaining roles focused on helping children learn, keeping curation specialists across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, increasing buildings maintenance roles, and introducing new specialist roles for land use, soils and carbon reduction. There have also been changes in other areas covering marketing, retail, holidays, IT, legal and the let estate.
Director General Hilary McGrady paid tribute to staff, volunteers and members who have shared their views on the proposals, and said the charity’s plans were putting it on course for a secure financial future.
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