TUI UK has admitted up to 2,000 jobs will go as part of its restructure launched last year. Despite announcing in 2004 it would cut 800 jobs, bosses now admit that figure applied only to full-time head-office losses and didn’t include roles such as temporary contracts.

Chief operating officer Will Waggott said: “The announcement made affected certain jobs. The rest you can’t point at and say ‘your job is under threat’.”

Some 904 jobs have now been cut from head office, with 400 axed to date and the rest to go by the end of the year. In total, TUI UK job numbers will drop from 13,500 to 11,500 when all redundancies are completed. All staff who are to be made redundant have been told.

The number of jobs to go as a result of shop closures is 500. Staff are expected to take up posts in other stores or the jobs will disappear as part of natural turnover.

Forty shops were closed last year, bringing the total number of shops to 820.

A maximum of 100 further shops are expected to be closed this year, depending on lease renewal dates. In the long term, the UK retail estate is not expected to drop below 500 stores.

The number of overseas reps hired has been cut by 500 to 1,000, and 150 staff have gone from its call centres.


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