EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Spain


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.75 - Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores
Number Employed: 2337
Group: Douglas Spain

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 26-04-2022
Planned Job Reductions min: 900
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 26-04-2022
Direct Dismissals: 900

Additional Information

The workers of the Douglas perfume chain have ratified on 25 April 2022 the pre-agreement of the ERE between the company and the trade union representatives. As a result, a total of 124 shops will be closed (12 fewer than originally planned), affecting a total of 900 workers (a hundred below the company's initial targets). In this way, this measure implies the closure of more than 60% of the current Douglas shop network in Spain and around half of the workforce. 

Douglas will prioritise voluntary redundancy. In addition, the agreed severance pay is 32 days per year worked, with a limit of 21 monthly payments. The agreement includes "accompanying" measures, including a better distribution of the working day in the warehouse "to promote work-life balance", and a new incentive system linked to the achievement of objectives in each shop.

Precisely, last year the company signed another redundancy programme that led to the departure of a significant number of employees and the closure of shops (see Douglas2021-ES).