Royal Horticultural Society makes 131 staff redundant

Cost-cutting exercise means charity will lose more posts than originally planned

The Royal Horticultural Society has lost 131 members of staff through redundancy in a cost-cutting restructure.

Last month, the gardening charity shed 93 full-time equivalent roles after a staff consultation - 13 more than originally proposed. The number of employees affected is higher than the number of posts because some are part-time or job shares.

The move reduces the organisation's payroll by 10.8 per cent this month compared with January 2009.

The RHS announced a restructure in June last year, including a proposed 10 per cent cut in staff, as part of a wider review aimed at improving efficiency and boosting income.

It originally estimated axing 80 roles, based on its January 2009 staffing level of 870 employees, or 759 full-time posts. A recruitment freeze last year reduced this number organisation to 722.

The charity later earmarked 62 posts for compulsory redundancy. However, a voluntary redundancy scheme accounting for the loss of 88 posts reduced the compulsory redundancies to five.

The charity is now recruiting for 30 posts in its new structure.  

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