National Trust Scotland to cut 90 jobs

Seasonal workforce recruitment also on hold

The National Trust for Scotland expects to cut more than 90 jobs, it has announced.

The cutbacks will affect almost a fifth of the trust's 500 full-time staff, while recruitment of new members to its 800-strong seasonal workforce will also be put on hold.

The trust promised that the cutbacks, which will happen by the end of the financial year ending February 2010, will be made up of voluntary redundancies and natural wastage.

"Like most organisations, the trust has been considerably affected by the recession and we accept we have to respond to the economic conditions by making these cost savings," said Kate Mavor, chief executive of the trust.

"Inevitably this includes reducing our staffing levels and doing everything we can to ensure the charity is more efficient if we are to have a sustainable future.

"Today's proposed job losses are very regrettable, but because staffing accounts for 50 per cent of our operating expenditure, we must inevitably face the prospect of redundancies."

A spokesman for the National Trust in England said that his organisation had not suffered severely in the economic downturn.

"In terms of our financial situation, we're managing reasonably well," he said. "Visitor numbers to our properties held up last year despite terrible weather, and we think more people will holiday at home this year, which could help us."

He said that his organisation was interested in supporting its sister charity in Scotland, but he did not know what form any help might take.

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