EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


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

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-08-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 1030
Planned Job Reductions max: 3900
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Planned Job Creation: 224

Additional Information

Retailer Wilko has announced plans to cut 3,900 jobs from its stores across the UK. The major restructure will also see 1,000 new positions created. Wilko is intending to make changes to the occupational profile within the company by stripping out one of the supervisory layers in the business in a bid to reduce costs. A spokesperson for the retailer commented that the changes to the market place had been outside its control, attributing the need to restructure to both the fall in the value of Sterling following the EU referendum vote and the Government's decision to introduce a higher-than-expected national living wage. The consultation will last until October 2017 with more details about the cuts expected to emerge following the completion of the process.

UPDATE 27/10/2017: Following the process of consultation, Wilko has announced that it has accepted 1,030 applications for redundancy. The retailer confirmed that 2,600 staff have been redeployed or promoted. Nineteen further redundancies have been made where it was not possible to redeploy staff. Wilko now intends to recruit for 224 new supervisory positions.