EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Department of Work and Pensions

Department of Work and Pensions

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.11 - General public administration activities
Number Employed: 100000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-02-2008
Planned Job Reductions min: 12000
Planned Job Reductions max: 12000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-03-2008
Foreseen End Date: 01-03-2011

Additional Information

The Department of Work and Pensons has announced that it intends to cut 12000 jobs over the next three years. The job losses come after a headcount reduction of 30,000 over the last three years which was achieved without significant numbers of compulsory redundancies. A spokesman for the DWP said that they were confident that the job losses over the next 3 years would not mean that staff that wanted to retain their jobs would be forced to leave. Unions blamed spending restrictions for the job cuts as savings of 5% must be made in each of the next 3 years with the aim of reducing overall departmental expenditure by over £1.2billion. Public and Commercial Services Union general secretary Mark Serwotka attacked the job cuts, saying that they were “purely about crude cost-cutting”, and that the reductions were another blow to a workforce struggling to maintain service levels in light of the massive cuts it had endured and “below-inflation pay increases”. He argued that the job losses would “do nothing to improve service delivery to some of the most disadvantaged in society”.