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11 August 2020 16:36

Debenhams jobs

Debenhams to cut 2,500 more jobs over COVID-19 hit

Debenhams will axe 2,500 jobs across its stores and warehouses as the chain suffers in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. The job cuts will affect roles across the entire Debenhams brand - including within its distribution centres - as the chain plans more store closures. A spokesman for Debenhams said: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. Debenhams chief executive Stefaan Vansteenkiste said at the time: "In these unprecedented circumstances the appointment of the administrators will protect our business, our employees, and other important stakeholders, so that we are in a position to resume trading from our stores when Government restrictions are lifted. Struggling department store group Debenhams says it will cut 2,500 more jobs as it struggles to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

The cuts will be mainly across its UK stores and distribution centre, but it said no new shops were slated to shut. In April, Debenhams fell into administration for the second time in a year as coronavirus heaped pressure on the business. Earlier this year, it said 20 of its stores would remain permanently closed because of the impact of the pandemic. Debenhams said on Tuesday: "Such difficult decisions are being taken by many retailers right now, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to give Debenhams every chance of a viable future. "We have successfully reopened 124 stores post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations," it said.

Debenhams could remain in administration for the rest of this year, as lenders wait to see how it performs post-lockdown and in the crucial Christmas trading period. The news of the latest job cuts came after the British Retail Consortium said the number of visits to High Streets was still down significantly as people shopped online instead. Last week, WH Smith said it was cutting 1,500 jobs - 11% of its workforce - after the lockdown caused sales to plummet. Here, courtesy of the Press Association news agency, is a list of some major employers that have announced that jobs will be lost, or are at risk, since the start of the pandemic. July 29: Waterstones - unknown number of head office roles July 20: Marks & Spencer - 950 at risk July 9: John Lewis - 1,300 at risk July 1: SSP (owns Upper Crust) - 5,000 at risk June 30: Smiths Group - "some job losses" June 23: Shoe Zone - unknown number of jobs in head office June 17: HSBC - unknown number of jobs in UK, 35,000 worldwide June 8: BP - 10,000 worldwide June 5: Victoria's Secret - 800 at risk DEBENHAMS is planning on cutting 2,500 jobs as the department store chain battles to survive on the UK high street.

The jobs cull marks the latest blow for the department store chain after it fell into administration for the second time in 12 months earlier this year. 1 Debenhams has confirmed it's cutting 2,500 jobs in the UK Credit: PA:Press Association The Sun understands that the redundancies affect roles across the Debenhams brand including its stores and distribution centres. It's the latest retailer to announce job cuts following the spread of Covid-19 with WH Smith, Boots and John Lewis all confirming mass redundancies. One employee, who has worked for Debenhams for 33 years and is currently on furlough, told The Sun they're worried about finding another job after being made redundant. A spokesperson for Debenhams confirmed that no new store closures are currently planned.

Since coronavirus lockdown measures have been eased, the department store chain has reopened 124 branches. Debenhams had 142 stores at the start of 2020, but it cut 19 branches in January and a further 18 didn't reopen after lockdown. Job losses since June 2020 MANY firms have announced job cuts since June as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. collapsed into administration with five stores permanently closed Victoria's Secret plunged into administration, putting 800 jobs at risk plunged into administration, putting 800 jobs at risk Fashion chain Quiz put its shop business into administration in, putting 82 stores at risk put its shop business into administration in, putting 82 stores at risk British Gas owners cuts 5,000 jobs, over half of which will be in management It expects cuts to be made by summer 2021 TM Lewin says it will close all 66 of its UK shops, putting 600 jobs at risk goes into administration resulting in 240 immdiate job losses and puts another 1,000 at risk Upper Crust plans to make 5,000 out of its 9,000-strong workforce redundant plans to make 5,000 out of its 9,000-strong workforce redundant EasyJet says it plans to close hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, putting 4,500 jobs at risk says it plans to close hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, putting 4,500 jobs at risk Harrods has said it is consulting on cutting 680 jobs, which owns Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, will cut 300 jobs Topshop owner Arcadia has announced plans to cut 500 office staff owner Arcadia has announced plans to cut 500 office staff Royal Mail is expected to cut 2,000 jobs as a result of coronavirus fell into administration and expects to cut 1,500 jobs High street giant Boots says it expects to axe 4,000 jobs as well as closing 48 opticians branches says it expects to axe 4,000 jobs as well as closing 48 opticians branches John Lewis revealed plans to close eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk. A spokesperson for Debenhams said: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations.

Other retailers that have announced job cuts include Upper Crust, DW Sport and TM Lewin. Royal Mail is also expected to cut 2,000 jobs as a result of coronavirus. EasyJet says it plans to close hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, putting 4,500 jobs at risk. Debenhams has announced plans to cut a further 2,500 jobs as the retail sector reels from the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Image: Debenhams decided in May not to re-open five UK stores after lockdown restrictions were eased Other measures included a decision in April to pull out of Ireland, with the loss of 1,200 jobs. Debenhams confirmed its latest decision meant it had cut around 6,500 jobs so far this year in total - a third of its workforce - more than 5,000 of which are in the UK. In a statement on Tuesday, Debenhams said: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. Last month it formally entered administration for the second time in a year and announced that its Irish business, with 11 stores, would permanently cease trading. The latest administration was designed to protect Debenhams from creditors at a time when stores were shuttered because of the lockdown - though Debenhams continued to trade online. High street giant Debenhams has announced it will axe 2,500 jobs across warehouses and stores as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A spokesman for Debenhams said of the planned 2,500 job cuts: "We have successfully reopened 124 stores, post-lockdown, and these are currently trading ahead of management expectations. "At the same time, the trading environment is clearly a long way from returning to normal and we have to ensure our store costs are aligned with realistic expectations. "Such difficult decisions are being taken by many retailers right now, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to give Debenhams every chance of a viable future." The announcement comes just months after the company revealed it had gone into administration for the second time this year, placing a question mark on more than 22,000 jobs.