New Look cutting more than 500 warehouse jobs in move to axe night shift
More than 500 warehouse jobs are being cut at New Look under plans to axe the night shift at its site in Staffordshire.
The move to switch to a day shift only will impact 503 of its 1,200 workers at the group’s warehouse in Lymedale Business Park site, Newcastle-under-Lyme.
New Look said it is hoping to be able to re-employ some of those employees affected as it hires an extra 300 staff on the expanded day shift. TheIndustry.fashion understands that day shift employees are paid a different rate to those on the night shift.
Supermarkets Tesco and Asda have also been among those cutting jobs as a sector-wide cull picks up pace in the face of soaring costs.
A New Look spokesman said: “With this shift, it has become increasingly clear that the processes at the distribution centre no longer suit our operational needs.
“Therefore, we are proposing a necessary change to working hours in the distribution centre, including the removal of the night shift. Regrettably, we expect this will result in a number of redundancies at the site. We are focusing on supporting our affected colleagues at this time and we expect to be able to offer a considerable number of these individuals new roles on the day shift.”
The group is currently in consultation with staff, with redundancies not set to take effect until mid-May.
New Look also recently revealed it is shutting around seven stores, although it said this was part of normal business, with two also being opened before Christmas.
Last week, New Look confirmed it will charge customers for online orders returned by post in a new trial.