Government slashes advertising and PR jobs after spending freeze

THE government’s information office yesterday said it was slashing its workforce by around 40 per cent, resulting in almost 300 job losses.

The Central Office of Information (COI) said a government freeze on non-essential advertising and marketing spending had significantly reduced its workload, with its turnover falling 52 per cent in June compared to the same month last year.

“The new government has made it clear that this reduction in spend should be expected to continue into the future,” the COI said in a statement. “A leaner COI is in line with new government priorities.”

It said it would be cutting 287 jobs, taking its staff numbers to 450 and making compulsory redundancies all but certain.