Oxfam marketing jobs at risk in restructure

Several marketing jobs are at risk at Oxfam after the charity announced it was axing 125 roles at its UK head office to save money in the face of falling donations and to shift resources to poorer countries.  

Oxfam’s UK head office resources to be cut and redeployed to poorer countries.

The charity is to “reform” a number of services including human resources, finance, business support and campaigns and policy. The latter includes the communications team, which handles marketing activity. A spokeswoman for the charity told Marketing Week it was too early in the consultation process to say how many would be affected.

In a statement explaining the proposed cuts, Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring says: “It is imperative that we have an Oxfam which lives within its means and is relevant to 21st century needs. Advances in technology mean we no longer need as much support in head office. Instead our resources will be focused in the regions where we carry out the majority of our work.

“This will mean we can deliver the most effective and efficient support to the millions of people who go to sleep hungry each night.”

Earlier this year, Oxfam revealed income dropped to £367.9m in the 12 months to 31 March from £385.5m a year earlier.