The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week announced that it had made around 200 voluntary redundancies as it seeks to reduce its headcount.
The reduction in numbers is part of a cost review by the HSE after central government cut its funding by 35%.
It said it hoped to limit the effect on front line services with jobs going in positions such as administration, policy, research and communications.
“The HSE, like the rest of the public sector, is seeking to deliver its services and meet its responsibilities more efficiently,” said an HSE spokesman.
“We believe the changes we are making will enable us to carry out our role effectively while delivering value for money to the taxpayer.
We have elected to seek first to reduce our headcount by voluntary means and this reduction of around 200 posts is being achieved voluntarily.”
The organisation said it could not confirm whether any further compulsory redundancies would take place.