House of Fraser has cut its digital platform team from 18 people to 10 as it outsources some functions to India, Drapers can reveal.
The job cuts come after Drapers revealed last month that several head office roles at House of Fraser have been put into consultation. Among the departments believed to be affected are merchandising and design.
The structural changes are being made as part of the department store retailer’s five-year strategy, which is being led by new chief executive Alex Williamson, who joined on 31 July.
Drapers understands the retailer wants to make efficiency savings by moving some of the online function to India, where its IT department is based.
A spokeswoman for House of Fraser referred Drapers back to the statement it made last month, in which it said: “In line with our strategy outlined in March to focus on becoming a more customer-centric, experience-led retailer, House of Fraser announced organisational changes that will support the transformation of the business.
”As a result, House of Fraser has entered into a consultation process with a small number of colleagues over potential redundancies within head office. Further than that we cannot comment.”