JD Wether­spoon adds to hos­pi­tal­ity job cuts with 130 head of­fice staff at risk

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◆ JD Wether­spoon is ax­ing up to 130 head of­fice jobs as it seeks to slash costs fol­low­ing a bru­tal crunch in the pub and restau­rant in­dus­try, writes Si­mon Foy.

The pub chain said be­tween 110 and 130 staff are at risk, about a third of its to­tal back-of­fice work­ers.

Pub work­ers will not be af­fected by the cuts, and of­fice staff in North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land will also be spared.

The com­pany blamed the move on a down­turn in trad­ing, a slow­down in its rate of ex­pan­sion and a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of pubs it op­er­ates, which has fallen from 955 in 2015 to 873.

John Hut­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said that no firm de­ci­sions had been made and the com­pany would lis­ten to sug­ges­tions from staff to min­imise com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows a surge in hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail job losses. Pubs have re­opened with en­cour­ag­ing foot­fall, but there are fears that a spike in virus cases could force the Gov­ern­ment to shut them again.

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