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Thousands of jobs at risk at Sainsbury's

From BBC - January 23, 2018

Thousands of shop floor jobs are at risk as part of a major shake-up at Sainsbury's.

The supermarket chain is changing the way it manages its stores across the UK and scrapping some management posts.

Sainsbury's would not confirm the number of employees affected by the move but said it was "in the thousands".

On Monday, the UK's biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, announced it was cutting 1,700 shop floor management jobs.

Like other the major grocers, Sainsbury's is trying to cut costs and simplify its plans to save 500m over the next three years.

Earlier this month, it confirmed it was "on track" to achieve 185m of cost savings this year, putting it ahead of target.

Sainsbury's, which jostles for position as the UK's second-biggest supermarket with Asda, has more than 1,400 stores in the UK.

The posts will be replaced by fewer, but mostly better paid, new management roles in each store.

Employees have the choice of either applying for these new roles or accepting a more junior position if unsuccessful. Otherwise they face redundancy.

'Difficult time'

Simon Roberts, retail and operations director of Sainsbury's, said: "We are 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.

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