Belfast Telegraph

Next to 'redefine' management roles in latest restructuring move

By Emma Deighan

Retail giant Next is changing its management structure across its Northern Ireland stores, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

The brand, which has 25 stores here, said there will be no job losses during the UK-wide process of a management "redefinition".

It's the latest restructure in the retail world and follows on from Tesco's recent announcement that it would cull 1,700 management roles across its stores.

It accompanies the struggles of other bricks and mortar names including House of Fraser, Poundworld, Mothercare and Carpetright. Next said changes would be achieved through the "non-replacement of leavers" at management level.

Louise Worthington, employment law partner at Worthington Solicitors, said changes were inevitable due to significant overheads hitting high street retailers.

She said: "Reductions in headcount are unfortunately an inevitable component of organisational restructuring to reduce liabilities in the longer term."

Belfast Telegraph

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