EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Bradford and other units


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores
Number Employed: 117000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-04-2015
Planned Job Reductions min: 720
Planned Job Reductions max: 720
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Planned Job Creation: 5000

Additional Information

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced further major restructuring plans. The changes will result in the loss of 720 jobs from its headquarters in Bradford.  It has been reported that a consultation phase has begun over these job losses which are to bring about a 'simplified management structure'.  The changes come following the appointment of a new chief executive, David Potts, who took up his role a month previously.  The company will be offering some voluntary redundancies and may redeploy some people to other parts of the business, though it is understood that due to the locations of the oportunities, the possibility for relocation may be limited. As part of the restructuring Morrisons has also announced that it is creating 5,000 vacancies for shop-floor staff and recruitment for these positions has started. 

This announcement follows a recent announcement by the same company in March 2015 and follows a major restructuring mainly affecting management grades announced in April 2014