Royal Mail axes 3,000 managers' jobs

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The Royal Mail is to cut up to 3,000 managers' jobs under plans to reduce costs and improve efficiency, it was announced today.

The cutback will involve non-operational managers across the business, including the Post Office, Royal Mail and Parcelforce.

Volunteers for redundancy will be sought and the jobs are expected to be lost by next March. The 3,000 jobs are among 30,000 posts being cut as part of a three-year renewal programme.

Adam Crozier, Royal Mail's chief executive, said: "We are conducting a series of reviews of the non-operational parts of our business to strengthen further the focus on Royal Mail's commercial priorities.

"Inevitably, the reviews will lead to a reduction in the numbers of non-operational roles. The fairest approach, therefore, is to offer all non-operational managers the opportunity to request voluntary redundancy, even if they work in areas unaffected by change.

"Any job reductions we have to make are the hardest part of Royal Mail's three-year renewal plan. But there is no avoiding the harsh reality that Royal Mail must reduce its overheads and become more efficient to ensure a successful future."

The Royal Mail has already cut around 14,500 jobs since its three-year renewal plan was launched 18 months ago.

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