UK: John Lewis may cut management roles in restructure
Department store operator John Lewis may cut a number of jobs in its stores as it looks to "streamline management structures" in some of its stores.
A company spokesperson told just-style today (14 February) that it is "inevitable" that there will be change in some roles as it implements the new strategy, but that it will look to redeploy the affected staff, possibly in new stores set to open over the next 18 months.
Yesterday, The Guardian reported that some 325 managers have been made redundant at the retailer.
The report said John Lewis currently has a manager looking after each section, such as women's wear, beauty or furnishings, with around 10 managers per store. It is looking to replace them with one or two in 28 of the retailer's 40 stores.
According to The Guardian, the cuts are part of John Lewis's Retail Revolution plan, and are being made as the retailer grows its sales online.
It said that the managers have four weeks to put forward their views before a 90-day consultation on the job losses starts in March.
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