350 jobs to go at Boots
Boots announced that they were getting rid of 700 jobs last summer, as they look at the ways they can grow, which now, means hundreds of managers looking at redundancy. This is to simplify roles in their shops.
Some staff members will be retrained, or moved to a different job, or sadly, losing their jobs altogether. Boots said in a statement, said that they've got a "new, modernised reward package" with "improved base rates for all hourly-paid colleagues in the UK."
For those still in Boots' employ, they said that there'll be pay rises of up to 7% on starting rates, which will take wages above the levels that will be asked of the company by the National Living Wage.
All this is part of a plan to move Boots toward a "new, multi-skilled advisor model to better respond to customer and patient needs", which basically means they'll be training staff to 'broaden their skills', which roughly translates into 'doing more than one job at once'.
President of Boots, Simon Roberts, said: "Everything we do at Boots is about helping people feel good. So many of our colleagues deliver amazing care for our patients, customers and communities everyday and we are actively working to make sure our people are rewarded for the great work they continue to do."
"I believe our plans will enable us to build an even better Boots and drive future growth."