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.

Tower Hamlets council and NHS trust end shared HR director role

23 Sep 2009

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and NHS Tower Hamlets are to scrap the role of joint HR director. The...

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Sutton and Merton councils merge HR teams into shared service

23 Sep 2009

HR jobs at Sutton and Merton councils could be under threat as the London boroughs join forces to share their...

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BAE Systems to axe more than 1,000 jobs

16 Sep 2009

Defence giant BAE Systems is to axe 1,116 jobs and close an aircraft factory.The firm said it aimed to shut...

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Minister consults with national outplacement consultancy on government support for unemployed managers

27 Jul 2009

The director of a national outplacement consultancy has met with Employment Minister Jim Knight MP to lobby for more support...

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Webinar: The vision of HR in 2020 with Oracle and Personnel Today

9 Jul 2009

Open forum discussion on the vision for the HR profession, what role HR must play in organisations in the future, and the big issues that will define the UK workplace in the coming years.

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AXA staff to choose between pay cuts and job losses

16 Jun 2009

AXA PPP Healthcare has written to its staff asking them to help the company save money by choosing between job...

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Policy change promised after law trainees sacked by voice mail

15 Jun 2009

The HR chief at the international law firm which left phone messages telling trainee solicitors they were being sacked has...

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Kent councils’ shared services move aims to save £2.3m

14 May 2009

Four council HR functions will merge from this October in a bid to save £2.3m over the next five years.The...

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The cost of cutting jobs: legal Q&A

4 May 2009

Despite the downturn forcing many employers to address costs and consider layoffs, there are other ways of reducing staff costs - although they too can carry risks, says Michael Ball.

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Friday Podcast: angry CIPD staff criticise Orme; the Budget wishlists; and companies fail to follow redundancy procedures

17 Apr 2009

HR news and analysis including:

angry CIPD staff have attacked CEO Jackie Orme’s handling of redundancies
employer representative bodies announce...

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Cutting headcount is CEOs’ top concern as worry about skills downgraded

23 Mar 2009

Workforce skills are no longer the primary challenge facing chief executives in 2008 – the issue has fallen to seventh...

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Long-term retention problems for firms that don’t cut bonuses, warns CIPD

9 Mar 2009

Organisations that do not reduce executive pay and bonuses could be harbouring a “ticking time-bomb” of retention and engagement problems,...

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HR careers – from the Noughties to the Sixties

18 Feb 2009

HR has gone through a number of image overhauls over the years, but how much has it really changed? Five HR professionals who started out in each decade from the 1960s to the Noughties reveal how it was for them.

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Graduate vacancies to fall 5% in 2009

11 Feb 2009

Graduate vacancies will drop by 5.4% in 2009, the first fall since 2003, according to forecasts from the Association of...

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Job cuts: Hitting the right target

9 Feb 2009

If redundancies have become inevitable, segmenting the workforce and making sure you target the right job cuts can actually strengthen the organisation.

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