Retail juggernaut Marks & Spencer has said it plans to cut around 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its UK stores, regional management, and its support centre.
The company said it is acting to reflect a "material shift" in trade caused by the current pandemic.
A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer confirmed tothat jobs in M&S stores in the Republic of Ireland will not be affected.
"Jobs in ROI are not impacted by today's M&S announcement," she said.
Last month the company announced 950 job cuts in keeping with the company's plans to move to a "leaner, faster retail management structure".
The 7,000 job cuts announced today are in addition to the 950 announced last month.
M&S today said it expected a significant proportion of the job cuts would come through voluntary departures and early retirement.