Wilko consultation results in 1,000 staff redundancies

Wilko’s Retail Director Anthony Houghton

More than 1,000 people are to be made redundant at retail giant Wilko, according to reports.

The Nottinghamshire-headquartered firm has accepted 1,030 applications for redundancy from store employees and has made 19 redundancies where the firm could not redeploy staff, says Retail Week.

However, the firm is reported to be recruiting for 224 supervisory roles.

The job cuts come after the company’s pre-tax profits fell by 80 per cent to £5.1 million in the year up to January 28th.

Wilko said, following a review of its operating functions that changes are required to “ensure it is best placed to continue to thrive within an ever-changing retail landscape.”

Retail director Anthony Houghton said: “In consultation with the GMB, our recognised trade union, we listened to what team members wanted and made changes based on that.”

Chief Operating Officer Sean Toal adds: “Despite the challenging retail landscape Wilko has seen both positive customer numbers and sales growth during 2017.

“The undeniable truth, however, was that this was not translating into positive results despite hard work to reduce costs, grow Wilko-brand product and digital sales and continue investment in IT and infrastructure.

“This is not sustainable into the future and we had to make some tough decisions to reorganise.

“As a family-owned retailer we had to balance this against our need for care, compassion and thoughtfulness to our team members.

“Wilko has ambitious plans to deliver growth through a better product and ever-improving customer experience. There is a strong new store opening pipeline and digital growth strategy that will see the retailer invest in its infrastructure to drive future growth.”