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Jobs fears at Costa Coffee

Business / Thu 3rd Sep 2020 at 03:10pm

COSTA Coffee has said that 1,650 staff are at risk of redundancy as the company looks to cut costs amid continued uncertainty over when trade will fully recover following the coronavirus pandemic.

The chain told staff on Thursday that it has started consultations which could impact more than a 10th of roles.

Exact details of the roles affected have not been confirmed.

The move comes a week after rival Pret A Manger revealed it was slashing 2,800 roles as part of a restructure of its UK business.

Costa closed nearly all of its 2,700 UK stores for six weeks during the pandemic but had now reopened around 2,400 sites.

The Coca Cola-owned chain said trade is “returning” after being boosted by the Government’s VAT reduction on food and non-alcoholic drinks and the recent Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

However, it said the proposed job cuts had been driven by “high levels of uncertainty as to when trade will recover to pre-Covid levels”.

Neil Lake, managing director for Costa Coffee UK and Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement to our store teams was an extremely difficult decision to make.

“Our baristas are the heart of the Costa business and I am truly sorry that many now face uncertainty following today’s news.

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