Boots has revealed plans where they will see to cut around a fifth of their assistant store managers; they currently have 2,000 assistant store managers across its 2,510 UK stores. This is part of an ongoing “simplification” process: in a statement, Boots said, “This involves a proposed reduction of between 300 and 350 management roles in order to further consolidate store leadership.” They are moving towards a new “multi-skilled advisor mode” in its shops, where they will also include training up to 200 extra staff to offer advice on its own beauty brands, Boots No7. The retailer is aiming to cut costs and shift towards omnichannel.
The health and beauty retailer said it will raise the minimum hourly pay rate for all new staff from £7.20 to £7.70 from April. Those new in London will receive an additional London weighting. Other staff will be getting a pay rise from April, which will be higher than £7.70. Boots is one among many retailers who have moved ahead of George Osborne’s living wage, including IKEA, Oliver Bonas, Aldi and Lidl.