SABMiller-owned Czech brewer Plzenský Prazdroj has announced plans to cut around 6% of its work force, following a review of the business.

Plzenský Prazdroj said yesterday (19 March) that 151 jobs would be cut across its operations, from its three breweries to its 13 depots and head office in Prague.

The brewer, which makes Pilsner Urquell lager, said a total of 272 posts would become redundant, but said that 87 new jobs would be created. It added that the 272 figure included 34 long-term vacancies that will not be filled.

The move follows a business review lasting several months, but also comes against a backdrop of global economic problems.

"It is impossible not to be affected by the economic crisis either on the domestic or export markets," said Mike Short, Plzenský Prazdroj's managing director. 

"Although the review had been planned long before the crisis began to show on the Czech market, the economic uncertainty has amplified the sense of urgency. In no way do we take this matter lightly."

For newly created positions, the employees from redundant positions have been considered as a priority, the brewer said.

Last month, SABMiller's subsidiary in Poland, Kompania Piwowarska, announced that it would terminate more than 80 jobs. The brewer, which is also the country's largest, said that it planned to reduce volumes as beer sales suffer in the economic downturn.