22 Dec 2012

More MFAT jobs axed than forecast

3:47 pm on 22 December 2012

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that about 45 more jobs than forecast have been axed as part of its restructure.

The ministry had signalled in February that 300 jobs would be cut, but that was scaled back to about 80 after a revolt by senior diplomats.

New figures released to Radio New Zealand show 125 redundancy notices have been issued as a result of the restructuring.

Of these, 90 were for corporate or technical specialist staff and 35 for staff in foreign policy or aid areas.

The ministry says there are 62 vacancies at present, of which 48 relate to the restructuring.