Julia Belgutay

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

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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 ...

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