Belfast Telegraph

Tesco to axe 50 jobs in Northern Ireland as part of UK-wide cost-cutting bid

By John Mulgrew

Around 50 Tesco staff in Northern Ireland could be affected by the supermarket giant's latest cuts across the shop floor.

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive across the UK.

Northern Ireland's biggest retailer has around 55 stores here.

The supermarket said the changes will see the roles of people manager, customer experience manager and compliance manager removed from large stores in an effort to "simplify" its operational structure.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland chief executive, said: "These changes remove complexity and will deliver a simpler, more helpful experience for colleagues and customers.

"We recognise these are difficult changes to make but they are necessary to ensure our business remains competitive and set up for the future.

"Our priority now is to support affected colleagues through these changes in any way we can. We hope to retain as many colleagues as possible in the new roles we have created and in the vacancies we currently have available."

Although the company is doing away with the roles of 1,700 people it will create 900 new positions. It's thought around 50 staff could be affected here.

But the company says it said it would help those affected find alternative roles in the business.

A spokesman confirmed the changes would affect Northern Ireland stores although its estimated the number of local staff affected would be small and it would mainly be in its biggest stores.

Tesco has axed thousands of jobs in recent years as it ploughs on with a turnaround plan under chief executive Dave Lewis.

Last year it culled 1,200 jobs at its head office and said 1,100 jobs would be axed after confirming plans to shut its call centre in Cardiff.

During his time as chief executive, Mr Lewis has ordered more than 10,000 job cuts spanning head office, supermarkets and overseas operations.

In Northern Ireland, Tesco continues to hold on to its number one position in the supermarket charts with a 35.2% share of the sector, up 3% on last year.

Overall, growth across the big four was relatively consistent with trends in recent years.

In a statement, Tesco said: "Tesco has announced changes to simplify its operational structures to improve efficiency and give line managers clearer accountability for colleague and customer experience.

"The changes will affect 1,700 colleagues who will be supported to find alternative roles within the business wherever possible."

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