Up to 600 jobs at Sheffield City Council could be under threat as it plans for budget cuts next year. It has to make savings of at least £50 million which is in addition to over £130 million saved over the last two years.
The final number of jobs affected will not be known until New Year, but it does include jobs which could be lost through voluntary redundancy or early retired, as well as vacancies that have not been filled.
Our estimate is that up to 600 council jobs could be affected in the budget-setting process and we have now informed the Government of that figure. We are not yet in a position to confirm a definite number, as this is obviously dependent on the final budget. We will work hard to reduce the figure and wherever possible avoid compulsory redundancies. We appreciate this is a tough time for our staff and we will work with them and the Trade Unions to lessen the impact wherever we can.”
– Julie Toner, Director of Human Resources at Sheffield City Council