Thousands of people are at risk of losing their jobs across the country at Sainsbury’s as the supermarket chain announces plans for a management shake-up.
The retail giant has announced that it will be axing a number of senior in-store posts and reducing management roles, the Mirror Online reports.
The supermarket chain is currently consulting with staff over the plan to cut down the jobs.
Sainsbury’s has stores in Hertford, Ware, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Bishop’s Stortford, St Albans, Letchworth GC, Buntingford, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City.
Although it has not confirmed the exact number of jobs it will axe, it is expected that it will run into the thousands.
The affected staff will be given the choice of applying for the new roles, accepting a more junior position or face redundancy consultation.
Sainsbury’s said the changes are “designed to meet the challenges of today’s retail environment” and will result in more “efficient” structure.
Simon Roberts, retail and operations director of Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re proposing a store management structure that will deliver best in class leadership and, in many cases, will offer an improved reward package for new management roles.
“The proposals will introduce a more efficient and effective structure, designed to meet the challenges of today’s retail environment. They will deliver cost savings to be invested in our customer offer and in our colleagues as they continue to provide the very best service for our customers.
“Our intention is not to reduce overall headcount as a result of these proposals.
“I appreciate this will be a difficult time for those affected and we will fully support our people through these changes.”
The news comes a day after Tesco announced that it would be axing 1,700 shop floor jobs across its stores nationwide.
Source: Hertfordshire Live