1,750 jobs at risk as Tesco shakes up management roles

31st January 2023 | Jack Oliver

Around 1,750 shop floor jobs could be at risk at Tesco, as it makes changes to its in-store management system.

The supermarket retailer said it was extending a new management structure, which had previously been trialled in 350 of its smaller superstores, to all of its shops.

It added that the changes would introduce around 1,800 new ‘shift leader’ roles in these stores, although this would be offset by a reduction in the amount of in-store managers.

Tesco said it would support colleagues affected by these changes, and give them the option of moving into shift leader vacancies with financial support or to take redundancy pay.

The supermarket also said it would be removing its meat, fish, and hot deli counters from February 26, with affected colleagues being offered alternative roles in the store.

Tesco will also be closing eight in-store pharmacies, moving overnight roles to the day in some stores, removing some roles from head office, and closing the Tesco maintenance national operating centre in Milton Keynes. Tesco estimates these changes will amount to the loss of around 350 jobs across the business.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Ireland CEO, said: “These are difficult decisions to make, but they are necessary to ensure we remain focused on delivering value for our customers wherever we can”.

This news comes on the same day as Tesco’s purchase of the Paperchase brand.


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