RHS completes restructure with loss of 131 staff

The Royal Horticultural Society is close to completing employee consultation a 10.8% cut in staff costs.

The RHS will lose 93 full time roles. Voluntary redundancy accounts for 88 roles and compulsory redundancy for a further 5. Overall, 131 staff will leave the RHS as a result of the restructure, reflecting the part-time and job share nature of some of the roles. The RHS planned for 80 roles to go originally.

The target reduction has been achieved predominantly through a voluntary redundancy scheme, mitigating the need for compulsory redundancies from a proposed 62 posts to 5.

The charity announced the restructure in June 2009 as part of a wider review of its resources to underpin its long term plan for growth and counter the economic downturn. The aim is to improve efficiency and boost net income to invest in helping gardeners and promoting the best in horticultural practice.

Acting director general Gordon Seabright said: "Restructuring is a difficult process for any organisation, however necessary. I would like to thank each and every member of RHS staff for everything they have done to deliver for our members, visitors and supporters throughout a trying 6 months. 

"It is testiment to the value of consultation, and to the efforts of our Employee Consultation Group, that we have been able to meet our target with relatively few compulsory redundancies.  The voluntary redundancy scheme, coupled with natural staff turnover, has allowed us to redeploy other staff within the new structure and substantially reduce redundancies.

"The new structure has also introduced a variety of new roles to which we will be recruiting in the course of the next year.  We aim to fill these internally wherever possible, but around 30 posts will be advertised in the coming months."


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