Wickes cuts 100 head office jobs

DIY retailer Wickes is cutting 100 head office jobs due to “mixed” trading conditions and a new structuring plans.

The cuts that see a third of jobs at Wickes head office terminated, come at a time when Wickes is seeing a like-for-like sales increase of 3% and an increase in total sales by 2.4%.

Wickes has also been looking to open new outlets, with its newest in Newmarket due to open at the end of this month. The retailer said in a statement it is “committed to fully supporting all those affected” by the job losses.

A Wickes spokesperson said: “In order to continue to drive growth for our business, we have been re-shaping our support centre to allow us to be leaner and more agile, and focus on key areas of growth in our multi-channel/digital businesses.

“The new structure will result in the reduction of approximately 100 out of 7,000 roles in the business.”

Travis Perkins, Wickes’ parent company, has struggled in recent times with a total sales fall of 3.1% and a decline in like for like sales of 4.3%, blamed on March’s bad weather.

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