Waste industry bodies have expressed concerns after the Environment Agency (EA) confirmed an estimated 1,700 staff are likely to be cut between now and October 2014 – higher and sooner than its previous estimates of 1,400 job losses up to 2016.
According to an Agency spokeswoman, the current total headcount of staff is 11,400, which will reduce to around 11,250 by March 2014, before further cuts will take the figure down to 9,700 by October 2014 – a total of 1,700 job losses.
Job losses at the Environment Agency are now set to be more widespread than originally expected
It was revealed earlier this month that the EA was to cut 1,400 jobs between now and 2016, although an Agency spokeswoman said at the time that it was “still determining the scale of any reduction in staff numbers” and that “no final decision” had been made .
However, now the estimated reduction has increased, with the number of staff set to be cut to 9,700 over the next year and then to remain at that level until March 2015, after which point the Agency’s budget has not been confirmed.
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