Birmingham City Council to axe up to 2,000 jobs

Up to 2,000 jobs will be axed at Birmingham City Council in a bid to save £69m by April 2011.

A spokesman for the council confirmed to Personnel Today that between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs would be cut, but these figures could rise if unions failed to agree to a pay freeze for the council’s staff.

It was not yet known if HR jobs will be among those culled, the spokesman added, but the children and young people’s department is expected to be affected.

Other areas that could be affected include day-care centres, residential homes for the elderly, sport and leisure facilities and libraries.

The local authority hopes most of the job cuts can be made through voluntary redundancies and early retirements.

Roger Jenkins, Birmingham and West Midlands region officer at GMB union, previously said the cuts were “devastating” for the city.

Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority in the UK and employs 52,000 people.

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