Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Other Specialised Wholesale
46.73 - Wholesale of wood, construction materials and sanitary equipment

100 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2015
Foreseen end date
30 April 2016


The world’s largest supplier of plumbing and heating goods, Wolseley will reduce its UK workforce by 200 jobs by the end of April 2016. The restructure comes after poor financial results for the UK operations in comparison to its US and Nordic subsidiaries. Most of its UK profits are made from Wolseley’s repair and maintenance division, which has struggled in recent times. During the past 12 months, the company closed 10 UK branches, with the loss of 100 jobs. As part of further cost control measures, a further 15 branches will close during the second quarter of the financial reporting cycle, which will lead to the loss of a further 100 jobs.


  • 22 March 2016: The Guardian
  • 22 March 2016: The Telegraph


Eurofound (2016), Wolsesley, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86838, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86838.