Tesco announces plans to axe 1700 jobs nationwide

Marco Green
January 23, 2018

Tesco has announced plans to simplify its operational structures that will affect 1,700 jobs.

The main change being implemented, Tesco said, was its intention to erase people manager and compliance manager roles at its large stores and fulfilment centres.

At the beginning of previous year, it also culled 1,600 deputy store manager roles in its smaller stores, with junior staff left to pick up the slack.

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

Customer experience managers were also facing the axe at its 226 largest stores.

Now only the 226 largest Extra stores have customer experience managers.

Their responsibilities will be shifted to 900 new roles, which will handle matters such as human resources across multiple stores and in Tesco's distribution network.

According to its latest trading update, third quarter like-for-like sales in the United Kingdom grew by 2.3 per cent - representing Tesco's eighth consecutive quarter of growth - while total sales grew 2.5 per cent.

Tesco also recorded what it claimed to be the best performance in years for its biggest stores where numerous cuts are concentrated.

Across the United Kingdom the retailer is to cut staff numbers, mainly in management, by 800.

Last year Tesco axed 2,300 jobs at its United Kingdom call centre and head office as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

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.

Hundreds of jobs at Tesco are under threat after it announced sweeping changes to management in an attempt to reduce costs and hit strict targets.

Matt Davies, Tesco chief executive for the United Kingdom and Ireland, said: "We recognise these are hard changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future". We recognise these are hard changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future.

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