John Lewis Partnership to cut 1,000 jobs
The John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs across its John Lewis and Waitrose stores as it looks to reduce costs.
The group said this will involve simplifying its store management structure, although it will try to find new roles in the business for store managers losing their jobs. It will also look to minimise compulsory job cuts by offering voluntary redundancy to affected staff.
The group is aiming to cut costs by £300 million a year by 2022.
A spokesperson for the John Lewis Partnership said: “We have announced to our partners our intention to simplify our management structures in Waitrose and John Lewis stores, which will allow us to reinvest in what matters most to our customers.”
The group currently operates 34 John Lewis stores and 331 Waitrose supermarket across the UK. In March, it announced that it had made a pre-tax loss of £517 million for the year to 30 January and said that eight John Lewis stores would not reopen following the easing of lockdown restrictions in April.
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