WHSmith to cut up to 1,500 jobs as sales hit by coronavirus

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WHSmith has announced plans to cut up to 1,500 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the number of its customers.

The British retailer said it was starting to consult with staff on plans that would see hundreds of them lose their roles.

The company said its stores at airports and train stations continued to be spoiled by low passenger numbers, with its high street stores also suffering from low footfall.

It said just over half of its UK travel shops have reopened and 246 of its largest locations have started trading again.

All of its 575 department stores have opened, the company said, but footfall is down sharply from last year.

Revenue was 57% lower last month compared to July 2019, even as sites began to welcome customers again, with most of that loss coming from the travel industry.

He said he now expects to make a loss of between £ 70million and £ 75million for the year through August.

“We now need to take additional steps to reduce costs in our operations,” said Managing Director Carl Cowling.

“I regret that this is having an impact on a significant number of colleagues whose roles will be affected by these necessary actions and we will do our utmost to support them in this difficult time.

The mainstay of the streets joins a catalog of top UK employers in announcing substantial cuts since the start of the pandemic, with 4,500 jobs lost in the first four days of August.

Dixons Carphone, Pizza Express, Hays Travel and DW Sports have all announced major layoffs, or plans that could put hundreds of jobs at risk.

It comes as many companies must decide whether or not to keep staff on leave as the government’s job retention program begins to relax.

More than 26,000 jobs were lost with British employers in July, according to an analysis by the Press Association.

Lockdown has called for nearly 650,000 jobs since March

This is a slight drop from June when nearly 30,000 jobs were lost among British employers by removing the effects of BP and HSBC, of ​​which the 45,000 job cuts announced in July will be spread across the whole world.

In May, around 36,000 job cuts were announced.

The list of job cuts only counts the largest job cuts announced to the public and therefore only shows a small part of the devastation in the UK economy.

Thousands of additional jobs have probably been lost in small businesses.

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month, the number of workers on corporate payrolls in the UK fell by 649,000 between March and June.

Here is a list of those companies that have announced potential job losses since March 23:

August 4 – Dixons Carphone – 800

August 4 – Pizza Express – 1100 at risk

Aug 3 – Hays Travel – up to 878

August 3 – DW Sports – 1700 at risk

July 31 – Byron – 651

July 30 – Pendragon – 1800

July 29 – Waterstones – unknown number of head office positions

July 28 – Selfridges – 450

July 27 – Oak Furnitureland – 163 at risk

July 23 – Dyson – 600 in UK, 300 overseas

July 22 – Mears – under 200

July 20 – Marks & Spencer – 950 at risk

July 17 – Azzurri Group (owns Zizzi and Ask Italian) – up to 1200

July 16 – Genting – 1642 at risk

July 16 – Burberry – 150 in UK, 350 overseas

July 15 – Mining banks – 250 at risk

July 15 – Buzz Bingo – 573 at risk

July 14 – Virtue – 345

July 14 – DFS – up to 200 at risk

July 9 – General Electric – 369

July 9 – Eurostar – number unknown

July 9 – Boots – 4000

July 9 – John Lewis – 1300 at risk

July 9 – Burger King – 1600 at risk

July 7 – Reach (owns Daily Mirror and Daily Express newspapers) – 550

July 6 – Pret a Manger – 1000 at risk

July 2 – Casual Dining Group (owns Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge) – 1909

July 1 – SSP (owns Upper Crust) – 5,000 at risk

July 1 – Arcadia (owns TopShop) – 500

July 1 – Harrods – 700

1er juillet – Virgin Money – 300

June 30 – Airbus – 1700

30 juin – TM Lewin – 600

June 30 – Smiths Group – “some job losses”

June 25 – Royal Mail – 2000

June 24 – Jet2 – 102

June 24 – Swissport – 4556

June 24 – Crest Nicholson – 130

June 23 – Shoe Zone – unknown number of jobs at head office

June 19 – Aer Lingus – 500

June 17 – HSBC – unknown number of jobs in UK, 35,000 worldwide

June 15 – Jaguar Land Rover – 1100

June 15 – Travis Perkins – 2500

June 12 – Le Pain Quotidien – 200

June 11 – Heathrow – at least 500

June 11 – Bombardier – 600

11 juin – Johnson Matthey – 2500

June 11 – Centrica – 5000

June 10 – Quiz – 93

10 juin – The Restaurant Group (possède Frankie and Benny’s) – 3000

June 10 – Accessorise Monsoon – 545

June 10 – Everest Windows – 188

June 8 – BP – 10,000 worldwide

June 8 – Mulberry – 375

June 5 – Victoria’s Secret – 800 at risk

June 5 – Bentley – 1000

June 4 – Aston Martin – 500

June 4 – Lookers – 1500

May 29 – Belfast International Airport – 45

May 28 – Debenhams (in second ad) – “hundreds” of jobs

May 28 – EasyJet – 4,500 worldwide

May 26 – McLaren – 1200

May 22 – Carluccio – 1000

May 21 – Clarks – 900

20 mai – Rolls-Royce – 9000

May 20 – Bovis Homes – number unknown

May 19 – Energy Egg – 2600

May 19 – Deer antlers – 164

May 15 – JCB – 950 at risk

May 13 – Tui – 8000 worldwide

12 mai – Carnival UK (possède P&O Cruises et Cunard) – 450

May 11 – P&O Ferries – 1100 worldwide

5 mai – Virgin Atlantic – 3150

May 1 – Ryanair – 3000 worldwide

April 30 – Oasis Warehouse – 1800

April 29 – WPP – number unknown

28 avril – British Airways – 12000

23 avril – Safran Seats – 400

April 23 – Meggitt – 1800 worldwide

21 avril – Cath Kidston – 900

17 avril – Debenhams – 422

31 mars – Laura Ashley – 268

March 30 – BrightHouse – 2400 at risk

March 27 – Chiquito – 1,500 at risk.

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