Caledonian Hotel to cut 65 full-time jobs in Edinburgh

23rd July 2020 (Last Updated July 23rd, 2020 17:38)

Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel is reportedly planning to cut 65 full-time jobs in Edinburgh as it deals with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on its business.

Caledonian Hotel to cut 65 full-time jobs in Edinburgh
Caledonian Hotel plans to cut 65 full-time jobs in Edinburgh. Credit: kim traynor / Caledonian Hotel / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel is reportedly planning to cut 65 full-time jobs in Edinburgh as it deals with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on its business.

As part of its cost reduction strategy, the hotel is also considering adjusting the hours of another 135 roles, BBC reported citing the company.

It has also launched a consultation process, which is expected to conclude this September.

A Hilton spokeswoman was quoted by BBC as saying: “Covid-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our industry and with social distancing measures and travel restrictions remaining in place, it is unlikely we will get back to normal operations for some time.

“As a result, we are having to make some very difficult decisions about our future structure.

“We have worked hard to minimise the impact on jobs so far, but we have been left with no choice but to resize and restructure the team at The Caledonian.

“Over the coming weeks, we will be discussing future plans with our team members so that we can hear their views and minimise the impact on jobs as much as possible.”

The 241-room hotel opened in 1903 and offers a view of Edinburgh Castle.

In 2018, Abu Dhabi-based Twenty14 Holdings purchased it from Hilton. Twenty14 Holdings is the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International.

Hilton continues to manage the hotel, which currently employs 290 staff including a few numbers of casual workers.

Last month, Hilton Worldwide Holdings revealed plans to cut around 22% of its corporate workforce, or 2,100 jobs, in a bid to reduce its costs due to Covid-19.