Colleges shell out £2.5m on layoffs as budgets tighten
Unions warn over job security after TESS investigation reveals the high cost of voluntary redundancies
More than 150 people left the Scottish college sector last year through redundancy schemes, TESS can reveal, costing more than £2.5 million at a time when further education institutions are preparing for even tighter budgets in the coming years.
While only 10 of the 22 colleges that responded to a TESS freedom of information request said they had used voluntary redundancy in 2015-16, the majority of the remaining colleges sought to cut their wage bill via non-replacement of staff and “natural wastage”.
This comes after a report by Audit Scotland in August showed that the number of staff in ...