EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Inner London - East; Inner London; London
Location of affected unit(s): London


Sector: Arts / entertainment
Arts, entertainment and recreation
90.02 - Support activities to performing arts
Number Employed: 600

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 400
Planned Job Reductions max: 400
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Direct Dismissals: 400

Additional Information

The Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts complex, which is located in central London, has confirmed plans to cut 400 jobs, two-thirds of the workforce across all levels of the organisation. Redundancy consultations with the affected staff have already started.

A statement by the senior management of the Centre said the job cuts were necessary to stem the financial losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and to help safeguard the Centre’s future.

The Southbank Centre includes arts venues such as the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Festival Hall. The Centre is likely to remain closed until April 2021.