Hundreds of jobs to be cut at John Lewis

Jobs in its fashion department are unaffected.

Around 773 employees at the department store will be entering a consultation period, during which the business will assess whether to keep them on for the 386 jobs it is creating in other areas.

Meanwhile, plans to streamline the administration of its curtain and carpet estimating and fitting services division, will see jobs moved out of store and into its office in Didsbury, Greater Manchester.

Whilst most affected by the changes will be expected to leave, the retailer has said few may be offered alternative roles in the store.

The two proposals that staff heard about today affect the retailer's home estimation and fitting services and catering operation.

John Lewis has said nearly 400 employees are set to be made redundant as part of a major structural shake-up.

The John Lewis Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, said in January that annual bonuses for staff would be "significantly lower" in 2017 because of "the challenging market outlook, our determination to maintain a strong balance sheet and our commitment to accelerating our strategy". Operating profits fell 31 percent despite a rise in sales of 4.5 percent in the first half of 2016.

John Lewis, whose worker co-ownership model has been lauded by British governments, now employs 30,000 across the department stores and Waitrose.

The news comes after John Lewis said last month that its renowned staff bonus would be "significantly lower" than a year ago due to challenging market outlook.

Dino Rocos, Operations Director at John Lewis, said that employees are "passionate about offering the very best customer service". The figure was 17% in 2013.

"We understand that for some this will mean a period of change, and we are working with affected partners over the consultation period to give opportunities for redeployment in new roles wherever possible", he said. John Lewis added this new model would enable the company to change its menu more regularly.

  • Zachary Reyes