Reports of Apple laying off numerous recently hired retail staff in the last few weeks have surfaced, with the UK allegedly being the most affected.

The majority of the reports originate from Apple retail staff in the UK, with a couple of other reports claiming similar incidents in other parts of the world including the US and Canada, reports MacRumors.

According to MacRumors, in a particular UK store, all Apple retail staff with under six months of service has been let go, including a group who had just completed their training and were hired less than a month ago.

A separate report claimed that three different training groups have all been laid off in the past week, with all the staff still in their probationary period.

The cutbacks seem strange given Apple’s recent earnings going from strength to strength. Apple also recently received criticism from The New York Times for paying its retail staff low salaries, despite stressful working conditions and long shifts with no breaks.