Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
London, Liverpool and St Ives
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Libraries, Archives, Museums And Other Cultural Activities
91.02 - Museums activities

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 December 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Tate, the British Arts organisation, has announced plans to cut 120 full-time equivalent jobs among its gallery staff as part of a cost-cutting programme. The job cuts are equivalent to 12% of the organisation’s workforce. 

A statement by Tate’s senior leadership team said the job cuts are vital for the organisation’s survival because the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had reduced visitor numbers and Tate's income. 

The director of the organisation declared that the restructuring consists in a voluntary redundancy scheme, however they 'cannot rule out having to move to compulsory redundancy in 2021 to meet the necessary level of reductions'. A representative of the Prospect trade union welcomed the decision to offer voluntary redundancies and called on the UK government to support the cultural heritage sector.

Tate is a network of art galleries and museums, located in London (Tate Britain and Tate Modern), Liverpool and St Ives. In Summer 2020, Tate Enterprises, the commercial arm of the organisation, announced 295 redundancies.



Eurofound (2020), Tate, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102810, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102810.