There is speculation that a number of head office staff at Purplebricks may be facing redundancy.
A spokesperson would not comment directly and would not confirm the numbers involved but told EYE at the weekend that some roles will disappear.
They said: “As we continue to move to more digital solutions, some existing roles are unfortunately no longer required, however we are also creating new positions in our field and digital teams.”
The news comes in the week that Ed Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer at Purplebricks, quit his job.
On this the spokeperson told EYE:
“Ed Hughes has decided that, after over three years with Purplebricks, now this is the right time for him to explore new opportunities.
“A new CMO will be appointed in due course.”
Hughes will have been responsible for the sponsorship of Team GB, about which he said last January:
“Purplebricks is famous for its honest take on the world of estate agency with an added twist of humour. And we saw no reason to stop when it came to our sponsorship of Team GB. This is our biggest campaign so far and underlines the passion and commitment of our people to being the leading property experts in all corners of the nation – even if that advice can’t quite take you to the podium in Tokyo.”
Before his stint at Purplebricks Hughes was at comparethemarket.com, Nike, Umbro, and was a consultant PR at Bell Pottinger, handling major clients such as The FA, Carlsberg, Hyundai, Bennetts Insurance & Tetley’s.
It is not yet known what other opportunities Hughes is exploring.