Job cuts plan at Yarl’s Wood

Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Yarl's Wood detention centre.

A much criticised immigration detention centre for women has announced job cuts.

Bedford’s Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, which is run by security firm Serco, is currently consulting staff on plans to slash 45 jobs at the centre.

Serco’s contract director at Yarl’s Wood Norman Abusin said: “We are introducing a number of efficiency improvements and innovations at Yarl’s Wood and as part of this we are proposing changes to our operational staffing needs.

“Therefore in January we started a formal 45 day consultation process with our employees and their representatives about these proposed changes, which is still continuing.

“These changes are expected to lead to a net reduction of 45 jobs throughout the centre.

“Today half our employees are female; over the past year we have successfully recruited a number of women to Yarl’s Wood and will continue to do so in the future.”

The centre recently came under fire from a national charity - Women for Refugee Women - which reported claims by detainees at Yarl’s Wood that they had been seen in intimate situations, such as on the toilet and in the shower, by male officers.