Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Libraries, Archives, Museums And Other Cultural Activities
91.03 - Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions

232 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
3 August 2020
Foreseen end date


The National Trust for Scotland, the charity which manages historic locations and areas of natural beauty in Scotland, has announced restructuring plans which put 429 permanent workers’ jobs at risk. According to news media sources, the redundancies will severely affect employees working as conservation consultants, ecologists and rangers.

A statement by the Trust says that job cuts are “unavoidable”, as the Trust forecasts losing half of its income in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A representative of the trade union Prospect said that the plans are extremely worrying and he promised to support the affected members and argue for saving jobs.

The Trust manages more than a hundred properties, including the site of the battle of Culloden and islands which are homes to important seabird colonies.

Update 16/08/2020:

197 jobs have been saved at the National Trust for Scotland due to a £3.8 million (€4.2 million as at 14 September 2020) fund from the Scottish government and a further £2.5 million (€2.75 million as at 14 September 2020) from donations. The roles which are saved include all of the Trust’s ecologists and 20 out of 35 countryside ranger positions. The current number of redundancies is at 232.



Eurofound (2020), National Trust for Scotland, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101241, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101241.