Human resources jobs could be under threat at Ikea, after the Swedish home retailer revealed plans to cut 300 managerial posts in the UK.
The company said a “reorganisation” of the way it worked would result in fewer layers of management and open the way for co-workers to take on greater responsibility.
Ikea currently has a 9,000-strong workforce operating in 15 stores in the UK.
The company said in a statement that its UK operations needed to become “more productive, efficient, and flexible”.
“Today we recognise that the way in which we operate our units is not meeting the needs of our customers, nor is it always a lean, simple and quick way of working,” Ikea said.
A spokesman for shopworkers’ union Usdaw said: “We are seeking an urgent meeting with Ikea to examine in detail the business plans behind what is clearly a significant restructuring of their management and supervisory grades.”