Jobs consultation at OUP's ELT division

Jobs consultation at OUP's ELT division

Oxford University Press will shortly launch a consultation over jobs in its English Language Teaching division, with a "significant" change in roles expected.

The publisher told The Bookseller it would begin the consultation process with staff in the publishing division of its ELT arm this week, as a prelude to reorganising its publishing activities. The Unite union is involved in the process.

An OUP spokeswoman said: "Our current structure dates back to the 1990s. We need to change in order to respond to the changing demands of our customers‹they now require integrated offers that combine content and services across a range of media."

The ELT division is starting a process of reorganisation following a comprehensive review of its strategic priorities, she went on. "The review was designed to assess the external competitive environment, and to explore ways in which the ELT Division can continue to meet the changing needs of teachers and learners across the world. The process of reorganization is expected to see a significant change in roles, reporting lines, and accountabilities for some employees in publishing roles‹new roles will be created, others may change, and some current roles will no longer exist."

The spokesperson added that the consultation "may result in a number of redundancies", but this would not be known until the consultation process was complete.

The publisher was adamant that the review has not been sparked by OUP's recent purchase of education publisher Nelson Thornes.