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Co-op to axe 400 office jobs amid ‘tough’ trading environment

The redundancies include closed vacancies, redeployment, and the creation of new roles as part of this process

The Cooperative Group (Co-op) has announced that it will make 400 roles redundant at its head office in Manchester, amid the company’s plans to “simplify” its approach to business due to a “tough” trading environment, including rising inflation.

The redundancies include closed vacancies, redeployment, and the creation of new roles as part of this process, and the Co-op said that dedicated welfare support will be provided for all impacted colleagues.

Meanwhile, outside of this process, the group expects to continue to recruit additional colleagues into its customer-facing areas across its Food, Funeralcare, Legal and Insurance businesses.

Overall, the Co-op has a total colleague population of 63,000 colleagues, and 4,000 support centre colleagues.

A Co-op spokesperson told Retail Sector: “These changes, designed to simplify our approach to business, will sadly mean a number of colleagues in central functions will leave the business.

“There are no changes to customer-facing roles in our food stores and funeral homes and, where possible, we will reduce roles by not filling vacancies and through preferences to exit. We make these changes with a heavy heart, but it is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our Co-op and for all of our members.”

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