Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
South West; Dorset and Somerset; Somerset
Location of affected unit(s)
Professional Services
Professional Services And Management Consultancy
Activities Of Head Offices; Management Consultancy Activities
70.10 - Activities of head offices

108 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
21 May 2020
Foreseen end date


Clarks, the British shoe manufacturer and retailer, has announced, that in the first phase of its new major restructuring programme, 108 jobs will be cut at the company’s headquarters in Street, Somerset, in the south-west of England.

According to a statement by the company, a further 700 jobs will be cut and 200 new jobs will be created in the next 18 months, however, it is unclear in which parts of the global business these changes will take place. The company stated that the plans were not related to the effect of the Covid-19 crisis, rather they had emerged from a business review.

The company has also announced that a small number of its 350 UK shops will not reopen in June 2020, however, no further information is available about the locations of these shops and the number of employees affected by the closures.

Clarks is a ‘heritage brand’, which was founded almost 200 years ago. It is most famous about its children shoes and 'desert boots' and currently employs almost 10,000 people in over 75 countries.



Eurofound (2020), Clarks, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101097, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101097.