Aviva to cut 1,800 jobs in bid to save £300m a year

Group says it will try to keep redundancies to a minimum, with some losses coming from natural staff turnover

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Thursday 06 June 2019 07:12
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Aviva to cut 1,800 jobs in bid to save £300m a year

Insurance company Aviva has said it will cut around 1,800 jobs over the next three years in a bid to save £300m a year.

Aviva – which employs around 30,000 staff in total – said it will look to keep redundancies to a minimum, with some of the role cuts coming from natural staff turnover.

The group also announced plans to split its UK life and general insurance businesses to “enable stronger accountability and greater management focus”.

It has not indicated which teams or offices will be affected, but said the cuts will be made across its UK and international operations.

It comes as part of a revamp of the group by new chief executive Maurice Tulloch, who took on the top job in March.

Mr Tulloch said: “Reducing Aviva’s costs is essential to remain competitive and this means tough decisions and job losses which I do not take lightly.

“We will do all we can to minimise redundancies and support our people through this.”

He added: “I am also determined to crack Aviva’s complexity, an issue which has held back our performance for too long.”

The group said its separated UK life business will be headed up by Angela Darlington, formerly chief risk officer, while previous Canadian boss Colm Holmes has been appointed chief executive of UK general insurance.

Customers will not see any changes as a result of the UK split, it said.

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The combined business was previously led by Andy Briggs, who stepped down in April just weeks after he missed out on the top job.

He remains with the insurer until 23 October to support an orderly transition.

Mr Tulloch – who took over from former boss Mark Wilson – said in April he was leading a review of the UK businesses “to ensure the appropriate management structure”.

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