Hays Journey is to chop as much as 878 jobs out of a complete workforce of four,500 folks, the agency has introduced.
The journey firm stated the Authorities’s resolution to advise towards non-essential journey and reimpose quarantine necessities for holidays to Spain “triggered the cancellation of lots of of 1000’s of holidays”.
Hays Journey homeowners John and Irene Hays stated: “We’re devastated that in spite of everything of our efforts and the large funding we have made we now face shedding a few of our valued staff, via no fault of their very own.
“Following the choice to ban journey to Spain and the adjustments in furlough circumstances coming on the identical time, now we have had no alternative.
“We’re additionally devastated for everybody who might lose their job and we are going to do all we are able to in consultations to assist them, as we deal with retaining as many individuals as doable and rebuilding client confidence via our famend pleasant and educated customer support.”
Hays stunned many in October 2019 when it stated it was taking cost of all of Thomas Cook dinner’s 555 journey brokers throughout the UK, after the 178-year-old agency went out of enterprise.
This prevented 1000’s of workers from shedding their jobs.
Hays stated it has had “no vital redundancies in its 40-year existence”.
It’s consulting with 344 staff who’re coaching as journey consultants and 534 who work in its overseas change division.
On the finish of final week Mr Hays hit out on the Authorities’s imposition of quarantine on holidaymakers coming back from Spain, which he stated had destroyed a restoration within the journey sector.
His agency had recovered to round half of final yr’s custom ranges earlier than the transfer however has had seen demand drop once more, in addition to having to contact tens of 1000’s of consumers to assist them with new preparations.
The job losses at Hays observe an identical announcement from journey agent Tui, which is proposing 166 department closures and the lack of round 600 jobs.