Government to cut 287 jobs at COI

The Government’s communications agency is to
make up to 40 per cent of its staff redundant as it pursues its vigorous public
spending cuts.

The Central Office of Information (COI) has
announced it is to lose 287 jobs as a result of non-essential advertising and
marketing being frozen. Staff numbers will fall, initially through voluntary
redundancy, from 737 to 450.

The COI’s turnover on advertising and
marketing fell over a half (52 per cent) in June compared with the same month in
2009.

COI chief executive, Mark Lund, said: “COI has always adapted to meet the
requirements of Government and the changing media landscape. A leaner COI is in
line with new Government priorities.”

A formal 90-day consultation with staff has
started and will run until November.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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