Specsavers to cut Nottingham jobs

Specsavers' Nottingham office on the NG2 business park

Specsavers is set to axe 450 office jobs across its Nottingham, Southampton and Guernsey sites after reporting a “sizeable downturn” in business brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff employed in Specsavers 900 UK stores won’t be affected, said the company.

The potential redundancies will impact support office staff at all levels of seniority and span all business functions.

Chief executive John Perkins said: “We have done everything we possibly could to avoid making people redundant, including implementing salary cuts, the introduction of part-time working arrangements and utilising the government’s furlough scheme. My heart goes out to each and every one of our people who could lose their jobs.

“Like many other companies, we have, unfortunately, suffered a dramatic downturn in business because of the pandemic and, coupled with a challenging outlook for the economy, we sadly have had no option but to stop many of our major programmes, halt significant capital investment initiatives and carry out an exercise to streamline our organisational structure.

“Moving forward, our single-minded focus is on rebuilding the business to protect the interests of our joint venture partners and their store teams – giving them the opportunity to grow and thrive as they continue to best-serve our customers and local communities across the country.”