Jobs at hundreds of Topshop and Topman stores across the UK could be axed amid another major staff reshuffle in the retail sector this month.
It was revealed last week that parent company Arcadia Group will seek to cut brand manager roles in stores which house both a Topshop and a Topman under one roof.
Instead of having a separate manager for each brand as it does now, one brand manager will look after both.
This will reportedly also be true of stores within close proximity to each other, but it is not yet clear whether similar cuts will apply to the rest of Arcadia’s retail estate.
Arcadia operates 300 Topshop and 250 Topman stores across the UK, meaning scores of managers face potential redundancy.
A spokesperson told The Sun Online that Arcadia’s first priority would be to “redeploy managers into newly created roles within the proposed structure”.
“As part of an ongoing business review and as a response to the ever-evolving fashion retail landscape, areas in our store management structures have been identified where resource can be used more effectively in servicing the needs of our customers,” it added.
“As a result we are working to restructure our retail management across Topshop and Topman.
“We fully appreciate that this will be a difficult time for those affected and we will ensure our teams are supported through the process of change.”
The news comes just weeks after Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s announced thousands of collective job cuts penned for the new year.