JD Wetherspoon has warned that over 100 head office roles could be at risk as it looks to scale back its operation.

In a letter to its 417 head office employees, the pubco said that between 110 and 130 people are at risk of redundancy.

Almost all head office teams, with the exception of staff in Northern and the Republic of Ireland, are likely to be affected.

“The decision is mainly a result of a downturn in trade in the pub and restaurant industry generally, a reduction in the company’s rate of expansion and a reduction in the number of pubs operated from 955 in 2015 to 873 today,” said CEO John Hutson in a statement.

“The company will listen to suggestions from staff to help avoid or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies which are required.

“Wetherspoon is proposing to collectively consult with employees through an employment representative committee, which will be established for this purpose.”

He also added that the group will work with staff who want to take voluntary redundancy, early retirement, or a reduction in working hours, and that it will offer opportunities to transfer to pub-based positions or take unpaid periods of absence.