JD Wetherspoon is to shed around a third of jobs at its head office in a bid to cut costs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pub chain confirmed that between 110 and 130 of the 417 staff working at its office locations in the UK could lose their jobs, although no firm decisions have yet been taken.
Pub workers will not be affected by the changes, Wetherspoons has said.
Chief executive, John Hutson, told The Independent: “The decision is mainly a result of a downturn in trade in the pub and restaurant industry generally, a reduction in the company’s rate of expansion and a reduction in the number of pubs operated from 955 in 2015 to 873 today.
“All head office employees will be affected by the process, with the exception of those working directly in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
JD Wetherspoon said it will listen to suggestions from staff to help avoid or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies which are required.
“These include voluntary redundancy or early retirement, including an enhanced redundancy package to employees that volunteer, the option to transfer to a pub based position (where suitable positions are available), flexible working options, reduced working hours, unpaid periods of absence (including sabbaticals and study leave),” stated Mr Hutson.