World Vision UK announces plans to cut 11 jobs

The children's charity, which had an annual income of almost £69m last year, says the redundancy plan is the result of an 'increasingly challenging market'

World Vision UK is to cut jobs
World Vision UK is to cut jobs

The Christian children’s charity World Vision UK yesterday launched a staff consultation on plans to cut 11 roles.

A spokeswoman for the charity said that under the consultation plans 51 jobs at the organisation were at risk of redundancy. Of those, 27 would remain but would be substantially changed – if the job holders in those cases did not want to remain, they would have the right to choose redundancy, she said.

The charity was also creating 14 new roles, she said. One person had already chosen to leave the charity so their role would no longer be there, she said. The effect would be a net reduction of 11 jobs.

The charity, which works internationally to relieve child poverty through activities such as child sponsorship, had an annual income of £68.79m in 2012 and employs 228 people.

Justin Byworth, chief executive of World Vision UK, said that the job cuts were being made because of an "increasingly challenging market".

"We need to boost our fundraising if we are to sustain and grow our work, changing the lives of the most vulnerable children over the long term," he said. "We’re therefore making some changes to the shape of our organisation, with new fundraising roles and some scaling back of our domestic advocacy and internal organisational capacity.

"We have entered a period of consultation with staff on these plans, which propose a net reduction of 11 roles. 

"We are grateful to all the staff at World Vision UK for the vital part they play in our work, and we will be doing everything we can to support those who will be moving on."

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