Littlewoods IT staff face the axe

Retail group Littlewoods has confirmed it is to cut 66 jobs in its central IT department following the separation of its home...

Retail group Littlewoods has confirmed it is to cut 66 jobs in its central IT department following the separation of its home shopping and high street divisions.

The company said 228 jobs will go as a result of the separation, with cuts in IT, administration, buying and ethical trading departments.

"We are hopeful that the majority of redundancies will be achieved voluntarily," a Littlewoods spokesman said. "Having looked at our requirements, we decided that this 'right sizing' was the right move."

The spokesman said the 66 job cuts in IT - about 20% of the department - would not have any immediate impact on IT projects, although he was unable to comment on the long-term implications.

The Union of Distributive and Allied Shop Workers said it is holding meetings to negotiate redundancy terms.

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