Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
London, Liverpool and St Ives
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.78 - Other retail sale of new goods in specialised stores

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


Tate Enterprises, the commercial arm of Tate, the British cultural institution, comprised of a network art galleries and museums has announced plans to cut 313 jobs, almost half of its workforce.  The affected employees work in retail and catering roles in gallery shops, cafes and restaurants and in publishing roles. Redundancy consultations with the affected staff and their representatives have already started.

Tate’s senior management team said the decision to cut jobs was necessary, because of the significant decrease in income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures.

A representative of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents employees of Tate Enterprises, criticised the organisation for making redundancies while the management continued to earn very high salaries.

Tate is a network of art galleries and museums, located in London (Tate Britain and Tate Modern), Liverpool and St Ives.



Eurofound (2020), Tate Enterprises, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101570, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101570.