Worksop: Job consultation period at Wilko to begin on Monday

Wilkinson's Head Office, Roebuck Way, where jobs are being cut. Picture: Andrew Roe
Wilkinson's Head Office, Roebuck Way, where jobs are being cut. Picture: Andrew Roe

Bosses at retailer Wilko have announced they are putting a number of roles in Head Office, Supply Chain and Retail departments under consultation at their Worksop base right before Christmas.

It is rumoured that 25 per cent of jobs at head office in Worksop are at risk.

The first consultation process is due to start on Monday 3rd November.

A former employee who worked in head office at the Worksop base said: “I feel so sorry for all the people who have families to support and who might lose their jobs right before Christmas.”

“I could see this was going to happen for a long time and cuts were being made when I worked there, thankfully I left just in time.”

Another person who currently works at Wilko and wished to remain anonymous voiced their concerns about the future of their job since hearing the recent news and having their hours slashed over the past year.

Before the Guardian broke the news, Wilko released a statement saying: “This ongoing programme is essential to maintaining Wilko unique place as a modern, national retailer. We have to ensure we have the right people in the right places to keep the business moving forward.”

“New technologies and ways of working have led us to identify certain posts which are no longer appropriate to our focus on variety, value, choice, quality and customer service.”

“The company says the business remains financially robust in a challenging trading environment.”

“The proposed changes will allow it to react quickly in the fast moving retail environment by ensuring its structures and cost base are in line with its trading performance and the market place.”

Another former employee said: “The company keeps doing this to different departments I have just been through this consultation period and it’s horrible.”