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New Look culls 390 store management jobs

Troubled retailer New Look has scrapped nearly 400 store management roles after carrying out a redundancy consultation with 1,000 staff.

Around 390 roles were made redundant, including deputy store managers and sales managers. New Look retained 430 staff.

Around 100 people resigned, while another 20 took “deferred” redundancies, which will take effect after they cover vacancies, such as maternity leave.

The consultation formed part of a drive to rebalance the levels of senior and junior staff at its stores.

The chain is now hiring roughly 250 supervisors, with plans to recruit from the pool of 390 redundant staff. It employs almost 19,000 people across its operations.

A spokeswoman for New Look said: “Following a review launched last year, we completed a consultation process over the summer with affected staff so we could assess the level of management roles in our UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) stores.

”We carried this out to simplify and improve the management structure across our UK and ROI store estate so that we are better placed to meet the needs of our customers. We worked closely with all of the affected staff to inform of the proposed changes and to consult on potential options for continuing their employment with us.”

The retailer operates 593 stores in the UK.

In the meantime, it is understood that former chairman Alistair McGeorge has returned to the retailer as a consultant to its shareholders.

 

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