Home / Knowledge / News / Retail / Primark, John Lewis not to claim furloughed staff benefit

Primark, John Lewis not to claim furloughed staff benefit

Jul '20
Pic: Shutterstock
Pic: Shutterstock
Fast fashion retailer Primark recently rejected the UK government’s call to employing back furloughed workers, declining a potential windfall of about £30 million and saying it ‘shouldn’t be necessary’ for it to take advantage of the scheme introduced by chancellor of the treasury Rishi Sunak. John Lewis also said it is not expected to collect any money from the job retention bonus.

Under a scheme introduced by Sunak, firms are being given £1,000 for every worker they bring back into work, even if the company is already up and running following the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

Primark, which reopened UK stores in mid-June and still expects to turn a profit, said it would not claim any money because it had already removed employees from the furlough scheme when its stores reopened. It said it lost £800 million during lockdown, but said sales have been reassuring since it started reopening most of its 375 stores, according to British media reports.

It has said it would have been forced to lay off most of its 68,000 workers around Europe had it not been for various government furlough schemes.

John Lewis furloughed 14,000 shop workers when the crisis began and has already announced eight of its 50 stores will not reopen after the pandemic. Other stores are in the process of a ‘phased reopening’, with the rest of its stores due to open in the coming weeks.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 26th Sep 2020

Global economic forecast not as dark as earlier guess: IMF

Though the global economic outlook is not quite as dark as expected...

Pic: Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Fashion | On 26th Sep 2020

FRP appointed to value Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group CEO Philip Day has started the...

Pic: Shutterstock

Retail | On 26th Sep 2020

India plans retail trade policy, settling logistics policy

India plans to formulate a retail trade policy for which stakeholder...

Interviews View All

Ajay Ghariwala, Luthra Group

Ajay Ghariwala
Luthra Group

We are ready to adopt or follow every opportunity

Hannah Lane, Redress

Hannah Lane

Encouragement from brands will motivate supply chains to become more...

Software Firms, Head honchos

Software Firms
Head honchos

AI / robotics may challenge existing long value chains

Paolo Crespi,

Paolo Crespi

Japan's Epson, a leader in digital textile printing, Italy's For.Tex, a...

Nick Isles,

Nick Isles

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design or CNC as it is known as,...

Vasudevan LK,

Vasudevan LK

Epson is a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions....

Isabel Herranz, European School of Business & innovation

Isabel Herranz
European School of Business & innovation

Cutting-edge ideas like the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence ...

Davide Vigano, Sensoria

Davide Vigano

Sensoria is a leading developer of smart garments and IoMe (Internet of...

Paige Mullis, Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis
Glen Raven Inc

Paige Mullis discusses the expansion plans of Glen Raven Inc in India, and ...

Sailesh Singhania, Sailesh Singhania Label

Sailesh Singhania
Sailesh Singhania Label

The Sailesh Singhania label was created to promote handwoven sarees and...

Sanjukta Dutta, Sanjukta's Studio

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Akta Adani, India Boulevard

Akta Adani
India Boulevard

India Boulevard is a San Francisco-based curated fashion marketplace that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

September 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search