Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ikea Ireland to axe up to 20 jobs as part of global reshuffle

Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea is to cut up to 20 jobs in Ireland over the next two years as part of its global 'transformation' plan. The job cuts will come as part of a cull of 7,500 Ikea workers worldwide. Stock image
Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea is to cut up to 20 jobs in Ireland over the next two years as part of its global 'transformation' plan. The job cuts will come as part of a cull of 7,500 Ikea workers worldwide. Stock image

Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea is to cut up to 20 jobs in Ireland over the next two years as part of its global 'transformation' plan. The job cuts will come as part of a cull of 7,500 Ikea workers worldwide.

Ikea currently employs 730 staff at its two outlets here - the full-sized store in Ballymun and its order and collection point in Carrickmines, South Dublin.

"We are transforming our business to better meet the needs of our customers and be more convenient and affordable to more people," said Ireland market manager Claudia Marshall. "The impact on the Irish business is minimal and at this stage we anticipate that over the next two years, potentially less than 20 jobs out of the 730 in Ireland may be made redundant."

Earlier this month the Swedish group said it has no plans to open further stores in Ireland, despite strong growth in sales.

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'.

"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," said Javier Quinones, Ikea UK and Ireland retail manager.

Additional reporting Press Association

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