Ikea to cut thousands of jobs worldwide

Flat pack furniture giant Ikea is to cut thousands of jobs worldwide.

The job cuts will come as part of a cull of 7,500 Ikea workers worldwide.

The flat-pack furniture firm employs 12,100 in the UK and Ireland in total.

Independent.ie has contacted Ikea for confirmation on whether Irish jobs will be impacted. Earlier this month the group said it has no plans to open further stores in Ireland, despite strong growth in sales.

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Ikea’s parent firm Ingka Group said that as part of the transformation, it is assessing all parts of the organisation and is “simplifying to enable a greater focus on adding value to its customers”.

As part of the shake-up, 11,500 new jobs will also be created over the next two years through the opening of what Ikea called 30 new “touchpoints”.

Javier Quinones, Ikea UK and Ireland country retail manager, said: “We are in a fast-changing retail environment and while we continue to grow, we are evaluating how we can remain relevant in the eyes of consumers – now and in the future.

“While the opportunities ahead of us are exciting, we know that some of the changes won’t always be easy and in some cases, we will have to make difficult decisions.

“Co-workers are at the heart of our business and throughout this transformation we will have an ongoing dialogue on how to navigate these changes, to ensure we do this in a way in line with our values and ensuring that our co-workers feel supported.”

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