Downsizing for an employer refers to a lowering of the number of employees, typically because of a reduction in profits or a reorganisation.

Downsizing inevitably involves making redundancies, with occur when an employer is ceasing to carry on with work for which the employee was employed, or is ceasing to carry on with work in the place where the employee is employed.

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As the UK heads into a worrying winter, Charlie Thompson examines the risks for senior teams as they manage the...

Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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John Lewis to reduce leadership team by a third

2 Oct 2019

John Lewis Partnership is to consolidate its executive leadership team from 225 to around 150 as it restructures to manage...

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Is HR ditching employee engagement when cutting staff costs?

27 Mar 2013

Philip Whiteley asks whether or not “HR business partners” are signing up to a simplistic view of people as no more...

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Managing people through redundancy

2 Mar 2011

While many employers were able to mitigate losses last year through measures such as asking staff to take unpaid holiday...

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Tackling redundancy pitfalls

10 Nov 2010

Large-scale job cuts are on the cards after the Government’s spending review. Handle them with care or it will cost...

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Comprehensive Spending Review: Public sector job cuts nearer 750,000, says CIPD

21 Oct 2010

The Chancellor significantly understated the impact of spending cuts on public sector jobs in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), the...

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Don’t rush public sector job cuts, warns CIPD

15 Sep 2010

The Government should approach public sector job cuts with the mindset of a “middle distance runner rather than a sprinter”,...

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Glasgow Council to replace hundreds of social workers with call centre

8 Jun 2010

Hundreds of experienced social work staff are to be replaced by a call centre at Glasgow Council as part of...

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QinetiQ to reduce costs by 10% by cutting jobs and benefits

28 May 2010

QinetiQ is planning to reduce costs by 10% and cut jobs and staff benefits.The former government defence research agency will...

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Redundancy tracker: UK job losses and job cuts

20 Jan 2010

NOTE: This page is no longer being updated. Last entry 29 April 2010On this page you will find the Personnel...

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Brown’s £10bn public sector ‘efficiency’ savings to include job losses

7 Dec 2009

Gordon Brown is today expected to reveal how £10bn of public sector efficiency savings will be made over the next...

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Met Police cuts 330 HR jobs without compulsory redundancies

14 Oct 2009

The Met Police has slashed its HR headcount by 330 without making any compulsory redundancies, Personnel Today has learned. The cuts...

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Met Police denies it will cut 400 frontline police jobs

2 Oct 2009

The Met Police has denied press reports that it plans to axe 400 uniformed officers.A spokesman told Personnel Today there...

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Fall in employment tribunal claims no excuse for employer complacency

2 Oct 2009

Employers should not be complacent about the number of claims accepted by employment tribunals falling by a fifth, according to...

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