CSIRO Braces For Massive Staff Cuts

Australia's peak science body is facing a swathe of staff cutbacks in the coming months, with hundreds of scientific support staff, ancillary teams and senior managers heading for the chop in a bid to save cash.

The SMH reports that up to 1600 scientific support staff face the axe over the next few months, as the science agency undergoes one of its most radical transformations yet.

Support teams have already been slashed across the business, with reports indicating that one such team is the legal arm: an arm which fights to protect CSIRO patents like the invention of Wi-Fi. 22 department heads are also reportedly being pitted against each other in the restructure for just nine jobs.

The CSIRO has already banned the renewal of contractors and external labourers, which saw around 400 jobs already cut from the books last year.

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