Footwear retailer Clarks has made a raft of redundancies at its UK head office as part of a global restructure, according to reports.  

About 200 head office and warehouse staff globally are affected by the shake-up, Retail Week’s sister site Drapers reported, and approximately 50 roles in the UK will be impacted.

Clarks, which has 550 stores in the UK and Ireland, lost its chief executive and finance boss last year. At the time, the board said new leadership was needed to overcome “challenges”.

At least 13 people were made redundant in the UK head office last week and more redundancies were revealed today, a source told Drapers.

In a statement today, Clarks said: “Like all large global businesses, Clarks continuously examines ways in which to improve its customer experience and operational efficiency, to ensure it remains a world-class provider of quality footwear.

As you would expect, as a matter of policy Clarks does not comment on rumour or speculation in relation to the business.”

In its last full-year, Clarks reported a 3.2% drop in group sales, while pre-tax profits edged up 1.4%.