Redundancy Tracker

The Covid-19 crisis is having serious financial impacts on the museum sector, putting a growing number of people at risk of redundancy.

The Museums Association (MA) is tracking levels of redundancies so we can capture the scale of impact across the UK and continue to advocate for members and the sector.

Total redundancies: 3,608

Last updated: 21 October 2020

We are collecting and sharing data on redundancies that have been directly or indirectly attributed to the pandemic. This covers redundancies affecting all types of jobs based on a museum site in the UK, including direct employees, those employed through trading companies and external contractors. We are also recording all redundancies related to multi-service heritage organisations, recognising the cross-cutting nature many roles play in our sector.

If you have any information to share on redundancies in the sector, you can contribute to our tracking by completing this short form.

The data above is gathered from press releases, public announcements and crowdsourced through MA reps, members and partners. We’ve included information retrospectively from March 2020 and are proactively seeking new and emerging data. In some cases, an organisation’s proposed redundancies are not yet available – we will update when further data is released. 

The ‘Total Redundancies’ figure is based on all redundancies announced by museums so far and will be updated monthly.

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To support those who have been made redundant or not had contracts renewed, we are providing three months’ full membership for free when you join as an unwaged member.

Unwaged membership will now cost just £46.50 annually, our cheapest membership. This offer is open to both new and renewing members.

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