Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; Highlands and Islands;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.11 - General public administration activities

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 December 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Scottish Local Authority Highland Council has announced that it is seeking to reduce staffing by at least 200 jobs, in order to make budget savings. A reported 400 staff accepted voluntary redundancy packages last year and details of an enhanced scheme are due to be released to workers. A spokesperson for the council said that the voluntary scheme should help to avoid the need for compulsory redundancies. A spokesperson for the GMB union expressed concern at the level of cuts proposed and warned of workload and service delivery problems if these cuts are carried out. No information has been disclosed about the time frame for the reductions. 


  • 9 December 2016: BBC Website


Eurofound (2016), Highland Council, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 89420, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89420.