The Charity Commission will cut 125 jobs, 15 fewer than had been announced in its initial plans to restructure.
In June the regulator opened an internal consultation on a proposed new structure under which 140 jobs would be lost, leaving a head count of 272 full-time equivalent posts across its four offices in England and Wales. However, the commission’s board last week agreed to a revised new structure under which 287 posts would be kept.
Most of the saved jobs are at the regulator’s Liverpool office. Under the initial proposals staffing levels would have been cut to 109, but under the new plans 118 jobs will remain. Figures announced in parliament last month show the regulator had 224 staff at the beginning of the financial year 2010/11, which has since fallen.
The regulator’s London office will lose two more jobs than had been planned, however, with its staffing level falling to 62 rather than 64 as outlined in the initial plan. At the start of 2010/11 there were 116 staff at the London office.
Staffing levels at the regulator's Taunton office will also be higher than expected. The commission will retain 98.9 posts, rather than 91 as originally predicted. The number of employees in the Newport office will remain unchanged at 7.5 posts.
The regulator was told in October that its annual budget would fall by more than a quarter, from £29.3m in 2010/11 to £21.3m in 2014/15.
A statement from the commission said the new plans meant four out of five staff at the commission would have roles in the new structure. "We are confident that the majority of departures can be made by voluntary means," it said.