South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is removing up to 60 jobs from the organisation, the equivalent of 16% of the overall workforce, due to budget cuts. The action comes as the public sector continues to face tough times financially, and substantial savings need to be made across all areas.
This brings the total number of SYPTE jobs posts lost since 2011/12 to 100 - a workforce reduction of approximately 30%.
SYPTE has submitted its 90-day notice of the latest redundancies to the Government, and is currently consulting with trade unions in relation to these job reductions. The move follows a comprehensive workforce review aligned to business priorities. Impacts to customers will be minimised.
Applications were taken for voluntary redundancy and early retirement, and outcomes will be confirmed with those involved this week. The changes to the workforce will need to be completed by the end of March 2013 for the start of the new financial year.
SYPTE is limited in the scope of areas to which it can make cuts as much of its budget is mandatory for things like concessions for older people which it is obliged to pay for.
David Brown, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Director General, said: "We are all aware that the country’s economic difficulties are continuing and all public sector organisations are subsequently facing budget cuts. SYPTE is no different, and it is with much regret that we need to make difficult decisions with regard to the deployment of the budget and associated resources.
"This has resulted in the need to make significant workforce reductions through a combination of voluntary and compulsory redundancies, and voluntary early retirement in order to meet the budget savings required.
"SYPTE has made this very difficult decision in consultation with trade union officials and comprehensive workforce reviews."
"Every effort will be made to minimise the impact on the customer, and SYPTE will continue to identify, develop and deliver key strategic priorities for the whole of the Sheffield City Region."
Consultations with the workforce will start from next week. SYPTE will work with those affected to help identify and consider any employment opportunities.
For more information on the work of SYPTE visit sypte.co.uk