Boots threatens more job cuts as restructuring plans take shape

The company, which is owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, made 350 employees redundant from its Nottingham headquarters in May

Beauty retailer Boots has put more jobs at risk as it prepares to restructure its IT services.

As part of the new plan, it will create one service desk and a new Service Operations team, which will be run by a team of 18.

It estimates 60 Boots employees are at risk of redundancy.

Boots, which is owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, said the restructure will “consolidate our service desk activities, which will help reduce decision-making time and complexity, as well as improve efficiency.”

In May, the retailer cut 350 staff from its Nottingham headquarters and warned that up to 200 stores could close across the UK over the next 12 to 18 months.

The decision, according to Boots, forms part of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s US$1.5bn cost-cutting programme, which it announced last year.

The US-based firm also slashed its full-year earnings outlook in April after experiencing its “most difficult quarter” for five years.