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