RTÉ has reopened its Voluntary Redundancy and Early Retirement scheme in a bid to secure further job reductions.

The scheme will be open to eligible applicants until 12 October.

It will be the final opportunity for staff to retire on pensions calculated on their pre-pay cut salaries.

Applications already received where management had not yet reached a decision are being reviewed.

The statement notes that all applications will be processed rapidly.

Last May, the station said it was seeking 200 redundancies and received 264 expressions of interest.

So far RTÉ has approved 120 departures, and is ready to approve a further 50.

Of those who initially expressed interest, 39 people turned down the offer.

However, a spokesperson said that at that time of the May offer, it had not yet finalised arrangements for restructuring a number of operations including the regions, as well as work practice reforms currently under negotiation.

It is reopening the scheme to accommodate people who might now wish to consider applying for it.

In a statement released to staff, RTÉ said that the digital era is fundamentally changing the shape and form of broadcasting organisations.

RTÉ said that the recession demands that the organisation makes significant efficiency improvements in all key operational areas.