John Lewis Partnership to axe 1,000 more jobs

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A further 1,000 jobs are set to be cut across John Lewis and Waitrose stores, the retailer has announced.

John Lewis Partnership said it is preparing to make 1,000 in-store roles redundant to simplify its management structure. The cuts are on top of previously announced job losses.

The retailer, which operates 331 Waitrose stores and 34 John Lewis shops across the UK, has begun consultations with staff over the proposals.

The job losses are in addition to previously announced cuts, but no further stores are expected to close under the proposals.

In March, the partnership announced the closure of eight John Lewis stores, which put 1,456 roles at risk. It had previously axed 1,300 roles when it made its first round of permanent store closures last year.

John Lewis Partnership is aiming to reduce costs by £300 million a year by 2022. It comes after the retailer posted a £517m loss for last year due to the pandemic.

The retailer said that it will support employees who wish to stay in the business in finding new roles. It will also seek to minimise compulsory redundancies through voluntary redundancy and severance options.

The company plans to use the savings to invest in customer service and visual merchandising to improve the look of its shops.

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