17 May 2012

Fewer jobs lost in final MFAT restructuring

2:09 pm on 17 May 2012

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced the final decisions on its restructuring, saying there will be fewer job losses than originally proposed.

MFAT has been reviewing overseas posts, staffing and employee allowances in a bid to save $24 million a year.

In February, the ministry announced it planned to cut more than 300 jobs.

However on Thursday executive John Allen said 23 foreign policy jobs would go and 56 corporate services staff.

The Government has already confirmed it will close the Stockholm Embassy as part of its drive to save money.