The RNLI has made 41 redundancies since July 2010 and has refused to rule out more.
In an interview with Third Sector in October, Paul Boissier, the charity’s chief executive, said it had already made 25 redundancies as part of an efficiency savings programme, which began in July 2010.
A statement from Spencer Gammond, the RNLI’s head of communications, said 41 staff had been made redundant under the efficiency programme, 17 of which were at the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset. The RNLI has about 1,300 staff and 43,000 volunteers.
Gammond said that the charity, which relies on the public to raise the £150m a year it needs to run its services, was finding the current economic climate challenging.
It had identified some changes it needed to make to the way it worked, he said. "In some areas, the RNLI has created new roles," he said. "However, after long and careful deliberations, we have also decided some posts are no longer needed.
"We are continuing to look at where we can make savings across the RNLI to ensure that we are as effective and efficient as we can be. We cannot rule out the possibility that further roles will be made redundant, but we will always try to redeploy staff where possible."