Jobs at risk at Plan International UK

The development charity Plan International UK has put 28 roles at risk because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity, which employs 219 peoples, said it had to make savings due to the “damaging impact” of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy. 

It was keen to stress that many of the at-risk roles were already vacant, so expected that the total number of people who would be made redundant would be significantly lower.

According to its last annual report, Plan International UK's income was £61m in 2019, down 9 per cent on the previous year.

In a statement, the charity said: “We are extremely saddened to be in the regrettable position of having to initiate a cost-reduction programme, which will involve a small number of staff redundancies. 

“Though the effects of Covid-19 are still unfolding, we are already seeing the damaging impact on the economy. Faced with such uncertainty, we must take steps now to reduce our costs whilst ensuring we can continue to deliver our vital work for children, especially girls, all over the world.”

The charity said the decision had been taken after an extensive consultation period with all staff on the proposals, and it was still in the process of finalising the plans.

“We are fully committed to supporting those staff members who are facing redundancy, including offering career transition support and redeployment opportunities where possible,” the statement said. 

“At this stage we anticipate that the number of actual redundancies made will be less than 10.”


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