Telegraph scraps casuals and rolls out 10-day fortnight

Telegraph Media Group has announced it is to end the use of casual staff and place all its full-time journalists on a 10-day fortnight.

At the same time, the company has announced the creation of 40 new full and part-time staff positions.

The Telegraph said that the move “reflects the continuing and growing demand for editorial content from across the group”.

Most national newspapers rely on casual staff working shifts to cope in busy periods during the production schedule and as a way of trying out potential new employees.

Those affected by the change to the 10-day fortnight will receive a “one-off bonus” of £2,000. According to the Telegraph, the payment will also be available to other journalists who embrace changes to their working practices.

Editor-in-chief Will Lewis said: “We are continuing to invest in the excellence of our editorial operations.

“TMG has made fantastic progress with our integration process and it is because of this we are able to recruit for 40 new roles.

“By accelerating our change programme we believe we will be stronger in this difficult economic climate.’

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