National Trust confirms it will make almost 1,300 redundancies

The charity says it has been able to dramatically reduce the number of compulsory redundancies after a staff consultation

Petworth in West Sussex, a National Trust property (Photograph: National Trust/John Miller)
Petworth in West Sussex, a National Trust property (Photograph: National Trust/John Miller)

Almost 1,300 people will be made redundant at the National Trust as it looks to make savings of £100m because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The charity said today it would be making 514 compulsory and 782 voluntary redundancies from its 10,000-strong workforce.

In July, the charity originally proposed making almost 1,200 compulsory redundancies but said it had since amended the plans after a consultation with staff. 

The charity said it considered more than 14,500 pieces of feedback from staff and volunteers during the 45-day consultation, which it described as the largest in its 125-year history. 

The charity will save about £100m - almost a fifth of its annual spend.

It said it was too early in the process to confirm how much it would face having to pay out in termination costs to the almost 1,300 people who will be leaving. 

Hilary McGrady, director general of the charity, said: "It’s with deep sadness that we have to make redundancies. But our consultation has done as intended. 

“It provided proposals to reach our savings target, and sparked such thorough feedback and collective intelligence, that we’ve been able to adapt our plans while still making the savings we needed. 

“It’s been a difficult process with some very hard choices.”

Following the consultation, changes to the original proposals include the retention of roles focused on helping children learn, keeping curation specialists across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and introducing new specialist roles for land use, soils and carbon reduction.


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