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Marks & Spencer’s ‘streamlining plans’ put 950 jobs at risk

Marks & Spencer has said that 950 jobs are at risk as part of the retailer’s plans to reduce store management and head office roles. The high street retailer is the latest chain to take action amid the fallout of the coronavirus and the UK’s lockdown measures.

Sacha Berendji, director of retail, operations and property at M&S, said: “Our proposals reflect an important next step in our Never The Same Again programme to accelerate our transformation and become a stronger, leaner and more resilient business.

“Through the crisis we have seen how we can work faster and more flexibly by empowering store teams and it’s essential that we embed that way of working. Our priority now is to support all those affected through the consultation process and beyond.”

The high street retailer said the proposals will help move the company to “a leaner, faster retail management structure” as it accelerates its transformation plan after being disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown.

M&S said it has now started collective consultation with employee representatives and has set out plans to first offer voluntary redundancy to affected staff. It said the cuts are set to impact roles in the company’s head office, property and store management areas.

In May, chief executive Steve Rowe said the company would be accelerating parts of its transformation plan with a programme dubbed “Never the Same Again”.

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