Christian Aid consults staff on redundancies

28 Sep 2016 News

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International development charity Christian Aid is consulting staff on proposed changes to the organisation’s global operations, which includes reducing its headcount. 

In an announcement the charity said one of the proposals was to reduce the number of staff by six per cent to 890 full-time equivalent members of staff – which would mean around 60 job losses. 

A decision will be made in December.

Christian Aid’s plans include internal reorganisations to increase fundraising and make better use of technology and social media. 

Loretta Minghella, chief executive of Christian Aid, said: “Every organisation has to adapt to the changing world in order to be effective and that is what we are doing – updating our technology, our fundraising and the ways we connect with our supporters, whose campaigning voices, prayers and donations are central to our work.”

She added: “We recognise that the transition will be hard for some of our staff and partner organisations but believe change is essential, if Christian Aid is to remain at the forefront of fighting poverty into the future.”

Its latest available accounts for the year ending March 2015 show the charity has an income of nearly £100m. But it generated less than it planned, particularly during Christian Aid Week.

Minghella said: “Our overall income remains strong but we are responding to an increasingly challenging fundraising environment and our experience of how people prefer to approach their giving. We are also very conscious of changes in the institutional funding context and in exchange rates, as well as the need to balance investment with the maintenance of appropriate reserves.

“Power, money and technology are all shifting in the world and we have to change, too.

“What we are doing will help ensure Christian Aid weathers these changes and continues its high-quality, high-impact work for many years to come.”

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