Staff cuts on the cards at Tesco

Staff cuts on the cards at Tesco

IRISH WORKERS WILL not be affected by Tesco's plans to "simplify" how it runs its largest stores.

The company said it will remove some managerial roles from 757 large stores as well as its fulfilment centres but that it was also creating 900 new positions.

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop-floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive to make the customer experience in its stores "more helpful". the supermarket giant revealed today.

The newly created posts will have broader remits in recruitment, training and staff relations, and will work across several sites in distribution, stores and warehouses.

Tesco added it would attempt to find alternative roles for those affected by the cuts.

The roles being cut include personnel managers in 757 large stores and seven warehouses in the United Kingdom, and compliance managers in 667 large stores and seven warehouses.

Sainsbury's and Asda have also cut jobs as all the big grocers try to keep costs down.

Changes to compliance managers will hit 667 large stores and customer experience managers at 226 stores.

Tesco is not the only major supermarket to implement new cost-saving plans in order to keep up with discounters Aldi and Lidl.

During his time as chief executive, Mr Lewis, dubbed "drastic Dave" for his previous job cutting habits at the consumer goods firm Unilever, has ordered more than 10,000 job cuts spanning head office, supermarkets and overseas operations. "We recognise these are hard changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future", said Matt Davies, chief executive of Tesco's United Kingdom and Ireland business.

Past year it culled 1,200 jobs at its head office and said 1,100 jobs would be axed after confirming plans to shut its call centre in Cardiff.

Tesco would retain its maximum employees to take up jobs in the new roles and fill in vacancies that are now available.

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