Marks & Spencer say 950 jobs are at risk as part of new 'retail management structure'

Marks & Spencer has said 950 jobs are at risk as part of plans to restructure store management and head office roles.
The retail giant said the proposals will help move the company to "a leaner, faster retail management structure" as it accelerates its transformation plan after being disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown.
M&S said it has now started collective consultation with employee representatives and has set out plans to first offer voluntary redundancy to affected staff. It comes just a day after it emerged that thousands of roles could be axed this week.
Sacha Berendji, director of retail, operations, and property at M&S, said: "Our proposals reflect an important next step in our Never The Same Again program to accelerate our transformation and become a stronger, leaner and more resilient business.
"Through the crisis, we have seen how we can work faster and more flexibly by empowering store teams and it's essential that we embed that way of working.
"Our priority now is to support all those affected through the consultation process and beyond."
The iconic retailer has become the latest high street name to restructure its workforce in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Companies such as John Lewis, Boots and Debenhams have already announced hundreds of job losses as the UK economy continues to reel from the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
M&S did take taxpayer money through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in an effort to stave off mass redundancies.
A total of 27,000 M&S employees - out of a total of 78,000 - were furloughed under the government's program to discourage companies from laying off workers.
But now with the scheme set to be wound up thousands of jobs are still expected to be at risk.
According to the data collected by the Centre for Retail Research, 2,123 stores operated by 38 large- and medium-sized retailers fell into administration in the first six months of this year.
They employed 49,200 staff.
Some 2,051 stores operated by 43 such retailers, with 45,500 employees, went into administration in the whole of 2019.
In June SSP, the owner of Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, said it would ax 5,000 jobs out of its 9,000 UK workforce, after suffering heavy losses during the lockdown.
Harrods told its staff that one in seven of its 4,800 employees would be affected by job cuts arising from the “ongoing impacts” of the pandemic.
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