Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Libraries, Archives, Museums And Other Cultural Activities
91 - Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities

139 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
68 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
21 June 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The National Trust Scotland is reported to have started a 90 day consultation process with the aim of cutting 139 positions. The company is said to be motivated by cost-cutting and managerial structure reform. The proposals mean that around one in four of the trust's full time staff are set to have their contracts terminated.  It is understood that the majority of the jobs which are affected are based at the Edinburgh headquarters. The Prospect union who represent the staff have suggested that the proposals, which include the creation of 68 new positions, are an attempt to replace permanent staff with contractors. The union has warned that this approach will not deliver the intended cost reductions and in the longer term could be more expensive.  The full extent of the restructure will become apparent following the completion of the consultation process. 


  • 21 June 2016: BBC Website
  • 21 June 2016: The Scotsman


Eurofound (2016), National Trust Scoland, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 88078, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88078.