Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

270 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
70 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 September 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Department store John Lewis has announced plans to restructure acrosss its branches which will result in the loss or 270 jobs and the creation of 70 new jobs. The cuts are understood to affect back office roles such as IT, finance and store security in the company's 50 branches. There is no information as yet, on when the restructure is due to take effect.

A spokesperson for the company said that this would result in a "more efficient way of working" and added that they aimed to find roles for the affected employees where possible. The timing of the announcement of the net reduction in jobs is seen as unfortunate as it coincides with a rebranding of the store, which seeks to emphasise its mutual ownership structure. 



Eurofound (2018), John Lewis, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 95389, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/95389.