Plan to cut 370 jobs at Aberdeen City Council to save £10.3m

Up to 370 posts could go at Aberdeen City Council as the local authority bids to save more than £10 million in the next financial year.

The council, which employs approximately 8,500 staff, has agreed to reduce the headcount of the organisation by up to 230 full time equivalent (FTE) posts, with an additional 140 FTE posts which are currently vacant to be disestablished.

The reduction in posts together with the disestablishment of current vacant posts is expected to realise £10.378m in savings in 2018/19 and it is hoped these savings can be achieved through voluntary means.

Angela Scott, chief executive of Aberdeen City Council, said: “We are committed to managing the reduction in posts in as sensitive and understanding way as we can.

“As opportunities for change are identified, primarily as a result of teams coming together in the functional structure and highlighting duplication, employees will be involved through both engagement and consultation.

“This morning we met with Trade Union representatives to outline the consultation process and we will continue to work with the workforce to shape the future of the council.

“It is important to note there will continue to be opportunities to fill vacancies for posts at the heart of the TOM, many of which will appeal to existing Aberdeen City Council employees keen to utilise existing skills or to explore options for retraining.”

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