Primark set to axe around 400 jobs in UK store management overhaul

1/20/2022 1:00:00 PM
Primark set to axe around 400 jobs in UK store management overhaul

Customers kept away from stores during the latest Covid-19 wave

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Customers kept away from stores during the latest Covid-19 wave

The move aims to “provide clearer accountability, greater flexibility and more management support on the shop floor”

InYourAreaBy Holly Williams, PA Deputy City EditorAround 400 jobs are set to be axed across fast fashion chain Primark’s UK stores as the group looks to overhaul its retail management team.The retailer, which is owned by Associated British Foods, has launched a consultation with staff as part of plans to simplify its UK store retail management structure.

It said the move aims to “provide clearer accountability, greater flexibility and more management support on the shop floor”.While it is creating a new management level role as part of the move, it also stripping out other roles and expects the changes to leave it with around 400 fewer retail managers.

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Primark axes 400 staff from its UK stores in blow for the High Street

Primark axes 400 staff from its UK stores in blow for the High StreetPrimark owner Associated British Foods has revealed a hit to the fashion chain's recent trading as the Omicron variant of coronavirus kept shoppers away from UK stores. The queues are going to be even worst Despite the contribution made by Priti Patel via expenses? 😜 MailOnline Oh dear is this the end of the Primari specials, purchasing jeans with one leg longer or wider than the other and odd size sleeves on your tops, hahaha

Primark to cut 400 store management jobs

Primark to cut 400 store management jobsThe retailer saw sales fall as the spread of Omicron cut the number of visitors to its shops. as much as any job losses are a bad thing, it's interesting to see a company targeting management for cutbacks

Primark axes 400 staff from its UK stores in blow for the High Street

Primark axes 400 staff from its UK stores in blow for the High StreetPrimark owner Associated British Foods has revealed a hit to the fashion chain's recent trading as the Omicron variant of coronavirus kept shoppers away from UK stores. The queues are going to be even worst Despite the contribution made by Priti Patel via expenses? 😜 MailOnline Oh dear is this the end of the Primari specials, purchasing jeans with one leg longer or wider than the other and odd size sleeves on your tops, hahaha

Primark to cut 400 store management jobs

Primark to cut 400 store management jobsThe retailer saw sales fall as the spread of Omicron cut the number of visitors to its shops. as much as any job losses are a bad thing, it's interesting to see a company targeting management for cutbacks

Primark to cut hundreds of jobs in store management shake-upThe fashion retailer, which said there were signs of sales improving after an Omicron hit, said it was aiming to 'simplify' its management structure.

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20 January 2022 InYourArea By Holly Williams, PA Deputy City Editor Around 400 jobs are set to be axed across fast fashion chain Primark’s UK stores as the group looks to overhaul its retail management team..Image source, PA Media The company behind retailer Primark and drinks Ovaltine and Twinings is cutting jobs and raising some prices as inflation pushes up its costs..

The retailer, which is owned by Associated British Foods, has launched a consultation with staff as part of plans to simplify its UK store retail management structure. It said the move aims to “provide clearer accountability, greater flexibility and more management support on the shop floor”. While it is creating a new management level role as part of the move, it also stripping out other roles and expects the changes to leave it with around 400 fewer retail managers. Despite inflation pressures and Omicron hitting Primark sales, ABF said the group had seen stronger trading. Primark, which employs 29,000 staff in total across 191 stores in the UK, expects the consultation to take place over the next couple of months. Kari Rodgers, Primark retail director for the UK, said: “The changes we’re proposing will deliver a simplified and more consistent management structure across all of our stores, provide more opportunities for career progression and offer greater flexibility.

“We are now focused on supporting our colleagues who are affected by these proposed changes and will be going through the consultation process. Kari Rodgers, Primark retail director for the UK, said: "The changes we're proposing will deliver a simplified and more consistent management structure across all of our stores, provide more opportunities for career progression and offer greater flexibility.” Details of the job cut plans came as Primark revealed it had seen a hit to recent trading as the Omicron variant of coronavirus kept shoppers away from stores. The group said Primark’s UK like-for-like sales were 10% lower in the 16 weeks to January 8 when compared with pre-pandemic levels two years ago, with so-called shopper footfall hit by the rapid rise in Omicron cases. But AB Foods said shopper numbers and trading had since improved as Omicron fears ease and added that like-for-like sales were higher when compared with a year earlier, when stores were shut due to lockdown measures. The group said Primark's UK like-for-like sales were 10% lower in the 16 weeks to 8 January when compared with pre-pandemic levels two years ago, with shopper footfall hit by the rapid rise in Omicron cases. Total group-wide Primark sales were 36% ahead year-on-year, it added.

Read More AB Foods said supply chain problems had begun to ease since last autumn, although it is still seeing some delays at ports and with shipments. The group is offsetting higher costs by slashing store operating costs and overheads. ABF's said supply chain problems had begun to ease since last autumn, although it is still seeing some delays at ports and with shipments. Primark said it expects sales to be “significantly” higher year-on-year between now and April, with all its stores open. The group said: “It is difficult to predict future trading conditions with certainty, but we have seen an encouraging improvement in footfall in the UK and Ireland as the disruption from Omicron reduces.” Get all the latest news, updates, things to do and more from your local ." Image source, Press Association However, despite inflationary pressures, Primark will not raise prices for its spring/summer range, ABF's finance chief told reporters.