Edinburgh Leisure has recently confirmed that they’ve made 43 redundancies between October 2020 and March 2021. The organisation says because of changes of how the organisation is running, they implemented requirements for ‘less staff’.
‘Redundancy is always a last resort’, a spokesperson from the organisation said, adding that ‘many’ employees opted for redundancy voluntarily. Made up of over 50 centres across Edinburgh; Some employees may have had to move post if they didn’t take voluntary redundancy.
The organisation says that all business’ develop and they too have had to adapt to ‘changes and challenges’. Visitor’s will see a change in services, such as pre-booking, cashless payments and not as many employees on front desks. The self-service approach will help reduce queues, increase efficiency, and staff are available to help customers who need it.
A spokesperson told Edinburgh Live in August 2020,
‘Should funding not be secured, services will be forced to dramatically change. Facilities may have to close down and the scope of activities on offer will narrow.’
Edinburgh Live reported on the charities ‘£10 million black hole’ posing threat to gyms, pools and sporting facilities. The latest unemployment rates from Edinburgh Leisure might not be the only change.
On Monday 26 April leisure centres will reopen for individual, non-contact activities. For those attending their local gym, pool or outdoor court, it will feel a lot different.