EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.30 - Beverage serving activities
Number Employed: 14000
Group: Marston's

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-10-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 2150
Planned Job Reductions max: 2150
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Marston’s, the British pub and brewery group has announced that it will cut 2,150 jobs across the UK, in response to the newly introduced Covid-19 restrictions and the end of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The source mentioned that the company was also highly indebted. 

A statement by the company said the tighter new restrictions were 'disappointing' and added that it was planning to conduct 'a full review of overhead costs' by the end of the year.

The trade union Unite regrets the job cuts news and called for government intervention to support the hospitality sector.

Marston’s, formerly known as Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries  is one of the largest pub operators in the UK. It operates 1,400 pubs, restaurants, cocktail bars, and hotels, and prior to the pandemic it employed 14,000 people.