Tesco confirms up to 9000 jobs at risk
UK supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed that up to 9000 jobs are at risk as it revealed plans to close fresh food counters at around 90 stores and scale back head office teams.
Tesco said that the cuts to fresh food counters is in response to customers shopping differently and using counters less frequently.
The supermarket has been rolling out self-service colleague kitchen areas in place of hot food service in a number of stores, and plans to extend this to all remaining stores with a hot food service.
Tesco also plans to scale back head office teams, moving towards a “simpler and leaner structure”
“In our four years of turnaround we’ve made good progress, but the market is challenging and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive and respond to how customers want to shop, said Jason Tarry, CEO Tesco UK & ROI.”
“We’re making changes to our UK stores and head office to simplify what we do and how we do it, so we’re better able to meet the needs of our customers. This will impact some of our colleagues and our commitment is to minimise this as much as possible and support our colleagues throughout.”
The supermarket is changing the way it manages stock, with a “significantly reduced workload” and fewer hours needed to complete routines, and also plans to reduce layout changes to stores, so fewer merchandising hours are needed.
The supermarket giant signalled that up to half of the jobs at risk could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles.