The coronavirus lockout has prompted some of the UK’s largest companies to announce large-scale job cuts. The aviation, automotive and retail sectors were among the hardest hit, with businesses adjusting to significantly reduced revenue projections.Although the government’s job retention program has so far protected millions of jobs, fears are growing that unemployment will increase as the program begins to disappear from August.
Since the lockout began on March 23, some of the UK’s largest companies have announced plans to cut a total of 60,000 jobs worldwide, many of which will fall in the United Kingdom.
Burberry – 500 jobs worldwide
July 15: Total includes 150 head offices in the UK as the luxury brand tries to cut costs by £ 55m after sales plummet during the pandemic.
G4S – 1,150 jobs
July 13: The security company G4S plans to lay off 1,150 workers, because it is reducing its cash management activities in difficulty and is facing the use of cash in the event of a pandemic.
Boots – 4000 jobs
July 9: Boots cuts 4,000 jobs – or 7% of its workforce – by closing 48 stores of opticians and reducing the staff at its head office in Nottingham as well as certain management and customer service positions in the stores.
John lewis – 1,300 jobs
July 9: John Lewis has announced plans to permanently close eight of his 50 stores, including the full department stores in Birmingham and Watford, with the probable loss of 1,300 jobs.
Celtic Manor – 450 jobs
July 9: Patrons of the Celtic Collection in Newport, which hosted the 2010 Golf Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Conference, said that 450 of its 995 workers would lose their jobs.
DHL – 2,200 jobs
July 7: Some 2,200 British logistics workers involved in the manufacture of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are expected to lose their jobs. About 40% of DHL staff are employed under the contract for the automaker.
Reach – 550 jobs
July 7: The owner of the newspapers Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Star must cut 550 jobs, or 12% of its workforce, in the face of a drop in demand for advertising in its headlines.
Ready to eat – 1000 jobs
July 6: Pret a Manger to permanently close 30 branches and could cut at least 1,000 jobs after suffering “significant operating losses” following the foreclosure of Covid-19
Casual dining group – 1,900 jobs
July 2: The owner of the Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas restaurant chains collapsed in administration, with the immediate loss of 1,900 jobs. The company said that several bids were on the table for certain parts of the business, but that buyers did not want to acquire all of the existing sites and that 91 of its 250 outlets would remain permanently closed.
Arcadia – 500 jobs
July 1: Arcadia, struggling fashion group of Sir Philip Green – which owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Evans and Wallis – said that in July 500 of 2,500 head office jobs will be cut in weeks to come up.
SSP Group – 5000 jobs
July 1: the owner of Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza will cut 5,000 jobs, or about half of its workforce, with cuts at its head office and in all of its operations in the United Kingdom after the pandemic that has blocked national and international travel.
Accenture – 900 jobs
July 1: the consulting company listed in New York made 900 job cuts at all levels in 11,000 British employees faced with a drop in demand for its services.
Harrods – 700 jobs
July 1: the department store group cuts one in seven employees out of its 4,800 employees due to the “lingering effects” of the pandemic.
Airbus – 1,700 jobs
June 30: the European aircraft manufacturer announced its intention to cut 15,000 jobs, including 1,700 in the United Kingdom, warning that the coronavirus pandemic had triggered the “most serious crisis” in its history.
Harveys – 240 jobs
June 30: Directors made 240 layoffs at the Harveys furniture chain, with more than 1,300 jobs at risk if no buyer is found.
TM Lewin – 600 jobs
June 30: Shirtmaker TM Lewin permanently closes its 66 stores with the loss of around 600 jobs.
Royal mail – 2000 jobs
June 25: Royal Mail announced a cost reduction plan that will cut about 2,000 jobs, one in five of its nearly 10,000 management positions.
Swissport – 4,500 jobs
June 24: Swissport, which handles baggage and passenger cargo for airlines, began a consultation process to fire 4,556 workers, more than half of its 8,500 British employees.
Jaguar Land Rover – 1,100 jobs
June 15: The UK’s largest automaker fired 1,100 contract workers at manufacturing plants in Merseyside and the West Midlands.
Travis Perkins – 2,500 jobs
June 15: The construction merchant, who is behind the DIY retailer Wickes and Toolstation, cuts 2,500 jobs in the United Kingdom, which represents almost a tenth of its 30,000 employees.
Centrica – 5000 jobs
June 11: The owner of British Gas announced in June his intention to cut 5,000 jobs – a quarter of his workforce in the United Kingdom – in essentially superior positions, and to cut three levels of management.
Johnson Matthey – 2,500 jobs
June 11: The chemical company, a large supplier of catalytic converters for cars, plans to make 2,500 redundancies worldwide over the next three years, or 17% of its workforce.
Bombardier – 600 jobs
June 11: The Canadian aircraft manufacturer will cut 600 jobs in Northern Ireland, as part of the 2,500 layoffs announced in June.
Monsoon accessory – 545 jobs
June 11: fashion brands are bought by their founder, Peter Simon, in June, as part of an agreement that sees the permanent closure of 35 stores and the loss of 545 jobs.
BP – 2000 jobs
June 8: The oil company announced in June that it plans to fire 10,000 people worldwide, including about 2,000 in the UK, mainly in office functions, by the end of the year.
Blackberry – 470 jobs
June 8: The luxury fashion and accessories brand announced in June that it would cut 25% of its global workforce and began consultations with the 470 employees at risk.
Bentley – 1000 jobs
June 5: Crewe luxury automaker plans to cut its workforce by 4,200 by almost a quarter, cutting 1,000 jobs through a voluntary layoff plan.
Aston Martin Lagonda – 500 jobs
June 4: Warwickshire luxury automaker, struggling before the pandemic, announced 500 layoffs.
Lookers – 1,500 jobs
June 4: The car dealership chain has announced plans to cut 1,500 jobs and close 12 dealerships just days after auto showrooms in England have reopened.
Rolls-Royce – 9,000 jobs
June 3: The jet engine manufacturer has confirmed that 3,000 of the 9,000 planned layoffs worldwide will be carried out at sites in the United Kingdom.
The Restaurant Group – 3000 jobs
June 3: The owner of restaurant chains such as Wagamama and Frankie & Benny’s has closed most of the branches of Chiquito and its 11 Food & Fuel pubs, with 120 other restaurants to be closed permanently. Total job losses could reach 3,000.
EasyJet – 4,500 jobs
May 28: The airline announced its intention to cut 4,500 employees, or 30% of its workforce, as it prepared for declining demand.
McLaren – 1,200 jobs
May 26: McLaren Group, owner of the Formula 1 team and maker of supercars, cut 1,200 jobs while struggling to save money.
Clarks – 900 jobs
May 21: Clarks plans to cut 900 office jobs worldwide as it faces the growth of online shoe shopping and the pandemic.
It’s energy – 2,600 jobs
May 19: The UK’s second largest energy supplier announced in May that it plans to cut 2,600 jobs and close offices after it closes customer service.
JCB – 900 jobs
May 15: Excavator builder JCB said that in May, up to 950 jobs were at risk after demand for its machines had halved due to the shutdown of the coronavirus.
Tui – 8,000 jobs
May 13: Travel company Tui plans to cut up to 8,000 jobs worldwide in response to the chaos of coronaviruses that pervades the tourism industry.
Virgin Atlantic – 3000 jobs
May 5: Richard Branson’s airline will cut more than 3,000 jobs, more than a third of its workforce, and close its operations in Gatwick.
Ryanair – 3000 jobs
May 1: The Irish airline intends to cut 3,000 jobs and cut staff salaries by up to a fifth.
Aer Lingus – 900 jobs
May 1: the Irish airline, which is part of the International Airlines group (IAG), plans to cut 900 jobs.
Oasis and warehouse – 1,800 jobs
April 30: Fashion brands are bought by the restructuring company Hilco in April, with the permanent closure of all their stores and the loss of more than 1,800 jobs.
British Airways – 12,000 jobs
April 28: The British carrier plans to lay off up to 12,000 people, a reduction of one job in four within the airline, with cabin crews, pilots and ground staff affected.
Meggitt – 1,800 jobs
April 23: British engineering firm Meggitt plans to cut approximately 1,800 jobs in the manufacturing of parts for commercial aviation.
Safran – 400 jobs
April 23: French aircraft seat manufacturer Safran has cut 400 jobs from its operations in the United Kingdom, including a factory in Cwmbran.
Cath Kidston – 900 jobs
April 21: More than 900 jobs are to be cut with immediate effect on the retro retail brand Cath Kidston after the company announces the final closure of its 60 UK stores.
Debenhams – 4000 jobs
April 9: At least 4,000 jobs will be lost at Debenhams at its head office and closed stores, after its collapse in administration in April, for the second time in a year.
Laura Ashley – 2,700 jobs
March 17: Laura Ashley collapsed in the administration with 2,700 job losses and said that the rescue talks had been thwarted by the pandemic.