OUP confirms 68 redundancies at Nelson Thornes

OUP confirms 68 redundancies at Nelson Thornes

Oxford University Press (OUP) has confirmed that 68 people have been made redundant from Nelson Thornes as a result of the final phase of job consultations.

The latest figures mean that altogether over 113 staff have been made redundant from the Cheltenham-based educational publisher as a result of its merger with OUP.

More than 50 employees have taken up new roles in Oxford following three sets of job consultations, which began before last October - 24 of them from the latest round, which began in March with 92 employees.

OUP said that it helped employees to seek alternative employment in the wider OUP group “wherever possible” during the job consultations.

Kate Harris, managing director of Oxford Education, at OUP said: “Retaining talented employees has been a key priority for us, and I am pleased that 54 colleagues have now taken up continuing roles within OUP. We take our employees’ wellbeing very seriously, and we will be working hard to support all of those who have been involved in the consultations; whether they have secured ongoing roles or have taken redundancy.”

OUP said that during the consultation it engaged with an elected staff body in order to ensure a “fair and transparent process” and offered flexible working arrangements and assistance with travel for those considering new roles. “We have also implemented a range of measures designed to support those employees facing redundancy,” the company added.

Today's announcement of 68 redundancies follows one in December when 31 staff left. A further 12 were thought to have left in October.

OUP acquired Nelson Thornes in January 2013. Earlier this year, Nelson Thorne’s product range began being incorporated into the wider OUP Oxford Education division.

Harris said: “The high quality print and digital materials developed by Nelson Thornes are highly complementary to OUP’s own publishing. As one organization we will be able to offer a wide range of resources that will benefit teachers and students across the world.”