United Kingdom
South West; Dorset and Somerset; Dorset CC
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

561 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 July 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Dorset Council announced plans to cut 561 jobs from five departments, as it bids to deal with a projected overspend. The restructuring event is considered the last part of the process to combine six councils into one and to remove duplication, in light of challenging budgetary constraints. Reports suggest that finance, human resources and IT are among the affected departments and that the job loss includes both part-time and full-time positions. Trade union Unison urged the council to take necessary measures to avoid compulsory redundancies. The plans are now subject to the statutory 45-day consultation period.



Eurofound (2019), Dorset Council, Merger/Acquisition in United Kingdom, factsheet number 98350, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98350.