Christian Aid to continue restructure despite Covid-19

Christian Aid is planning to continue its redundancy programme despite the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 160 jobs at risk, the charity has confirmed.

The charity said in July last year that up to 200 jobs could be at risk as part of plans to restructure and withdraw from 12 countries to save the charity £7m a year.

In December the charity said that phase one of its redundancy programme would see most of its regional offices closed, with 89 full-time-equivalent posts lost.

The charity has now confirmed that a further 79 full-time-equivalent roles will be lost as a result of the restructure.

The charity said it considered postponing the changes in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, but decided that delaying the changes would put the future of the charity at risk. 

The reforms announced today are based on the charity’s current financial position and do not include any of the effects of Covid-19 on the charity’s finances, Third Sector understands.

The charity will now consider the further impact that Covid-19 will have on its finances and also on its charitable work in the global south.

Furloughing staff – whereby 80 per cent of an employees’ wage is covered by the government up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – was also considered by the charity, but it opted against this approach for the purposes of the restructure.

The charity wanted to set itself up to best deliver its charitable purpose over the long term and felt that furloughing was not designed for helping to carry out those changes.

But Christian Aid will continue to review furloughing over the next few months.

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