Attrition

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Attrition

The slow, gradual reduction of members in a company or organization due to retirement, resignation or death. That is, members lost through attrition are not replaced in the same numbers. Attrition may be deliberate; that is, if a company is downsizing, it may prefer to lose employees through attrition rather than to conduct layoffs. Other times, however, attrition may be a sign of a weak company or organization unable to attract talent. Attrition is also called natural wastage.
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A proportion of any reduction will be through natural wastage as employees retire, or not replacing staff who leave.
The changes will come into force between next April and 2017 - and will lead to the loss of 102 full-time firefighting posts, they say through natural wastage.
The force is also expected to lose 450 officers over the next four years by natural wastage.
A council spokesman said: "As the vast majority will be natural wastage or voluntary redundancy we are not going to say where they will be yet.
If not enough people leave over the next four years through natural wastage, the redundancy bill could rise to pounds 25m.
Director of human resources, Barbara Holdhusen, said: "In line with all other public sector bodies we are looking at ways to reduce our cost base and these reductions will be achieved as far as possible through natural wastage and voluntary means.
Several hundred job losses are expected to be achieved through natural wastage, such as retirement.
Ian Stone of Deloitte's Cardiff office said: "Although businesses are looking to reduce the number of people they employ, it is clear that the majority of businesses are looking to currently achieve this though natural wastage rather than through redundancies.
It foresees cutting most of the 4,000 jobs through voluntary departures and natural wastage.
The Health Department said 500 staff had gone already in the past year through natural wastage and unfilled vacancies.
Overall the changes would result in a reduction of around seven posts achieved through natural wastage.
Coloplast also said that it would try to phase out as many as possible of the jobs through natural wastage.