United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
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
84.1 - Administration of the State and the economic and social policy of the community

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 April 2019
Employment effect (start)
20 May 2019
Foreseen end date


The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has announced that more than 100 jobs will be cut at the UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Northern Ireland. HMRC has confirmed that it has made voluntary redundancy offers to staff working in Belfast, Craigavon, Lisburn and Londonderry - offices which are planned to be closed later this year. The union commented in their press release that they continue to negotiate and prevent the closures, but HMRC’s plans remain unchanged. Employees received the Voluntary Redundacy offers on 4th April and the formal consultations between HMRC and the affected staff and the unions have started and are expected to continue until at least 20th May.

Earlier this year a spokesperson for HMRC stated that HMRC announced a 10-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future in November 2015, by creating 13 new modern regional centres serving every nation and region in the UK.  In addition, the spokesperson added that HMRC will not stop supporting both its people in relocating to the regional centres and in trying to find alternative solutions for those that cannot. HMRC is one of the UK’s largest employers, with 60,000 staff.



Eurofound (2019), HMRC, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 97638, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97638.