Pearson has begun cutting English Language Teaching jobs from the UK and US and is replacing them with roles abroad, as the company starts to implement its new strategic framework.
An unspecified number of staff have been axed in the US and the UK as part of plans to create a new global marketing structure in Pearson’s English Language Training business, with new marketing positions instead cropping up in some of the company’s fastest-growing countries such as China, India, Africa and Latin America.
Pearson said it has made the ELT moves “to meet this evolving demand and support new ways of learning”. A Pearson spokesperson said: “As we adapt to best meet future opportunities, we have created a new global marketing structure which has resulted in some job losses in the UK and US, while new marketing positions have been created in some of our rapidly growing markets.
“While change is always difficult, this new structure will help ensure we grow further and faster in the future, and allow us to better meet customers' needs in the UK and abroad.”
The company added that higher education was in a period of rapid change with its traditional publishing products being impacted. “To meet this evolving demand and support new ways of learning, we are creating more comprehensive digital resources,” the spokesperson said.
“While this refocus has regrettably led to some job losses in established teams, these changes will help Pearson continue to assist learners and our customers now and in the future,” the spokesperson continued.
The company announced in February that it would “significantly accelerate” the shift of its education businesses towards fast-growing economies in the developing world, and towards digital and services businesses this year. As part of the business’ new strategic framework, it will spend £150m in restructuring costs.
- In an additional move, Pearson has cut some editorial staff from “established teams”, including its Longman publishing arm. The Bookseller understands that seven editors from the humanities department have recently been made redundant.