Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Publishing Activities
58.13 - Publishing of newspapers

310 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
17 March 2016
Foreseen end date
30 June 2016


The publisher, The Guardian will cut 310 jobs as part of a restructuring aimed at breaking even within the next three years, 60 of which will be cut by not filling currently vacant positions. Around 100 journalists and 150 support staff will lose their jobs. The cut to editorial staff accounts for around one-seventh of its UK editorial team.

While the company has said that it aims for the redundancies to be voluntary, it may be forced to compulsory retrench workers if not enough volunteers come forward. The National Union of Journalists has stated its opposition to compulsory redundancies and has called on The Guardian to explore other ways to cut costs rather than cutting its workforce.


  • 17 March 2016: The Guardian
  • 17 March 2016: The Telegraph


Eurofound (2016), The Guardian, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86839, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86839.