The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Elior makes job cuts following restructure

16 October 2007 by

One in six head office employees at contract caterer Elior have been made redundant following a major restructure.

The company, which has more than 6,000 employees across the UK, has completed a redundancy consultation process, which eventually made 66 of 140 at-risk administrative workers redundant.

Elior's HR director Paul Reynolds said he was determined to make the cuts as quickly as possible, rather than dragging them out for months in several phases.

"We saw this as being one cut, and one cut only. That was the best way," he told Caterer sister title Personnel Today.

"When I first joined the business, there were pockets that wanted to restructure, for example in marketing and sales, so I advised them not to restructure] yet so we could do it unilaterally, all in one hit. That way, staff felt the pain, but then moved on."

Reynolds could only guarantee there would be no more job cuts in the next year "if we meet our cost targets".

Elior changed its support structure to make savings and better align itself to the marketplace, according to Reynolds.

He said making sure employees were aware of these "real" reasons was crucial to the redundancy process going as smoothly as possible.

"We didn't try to hide the reason for redundancies - and I made sure we had HR people going to all offices that were affected, so staff could have conversations with them," Reynolds added.

Elior UK restructuring continues apace with new appointments >>

Elior to offer venue service at client sites >>

Elior poaches senior chef from Sodexho >>

Elior appoints new HR manager >>

MoD awards Elior UK £92m catering deal >>

Read more news on contract catering here >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to [Daniel Thomas](mailto:daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk?subject=Elior makes job cuts following restructure) here.

[The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking