Belfast Telegraph

Sainsbury’s shake-up could affect up to 130 posts in NI

By Ravender Sembhy

Sainsbury's has announced a management shake-up at its supermarkets, including its 14 Northern Ireland stores.

The retailer is consulting with staff over plans that will see the number of senior in-store posts slimmed down and replaced with fewer management roles.

Affected staff, thought to run into the thousands, will be given the choice of applying for the new roles, accepting a more junior position or facing redundancy consultation. A spokeswoman said there were no "job cuts" involved in the announcements.

This week Tesco announced cuts to its shop floor staff numbers, with the loss of 50 jobs across its 55 stores in Northern Ireland.

Sainsbury's said the changes at both its supermarkets and convenience stores are "designed to meet the challenges of today's retail environment" and will result in a more "efficient" structure.

Simon Roberts, the retail and operations director of Sainsbury's, insisted that the "intention is not to reduce overall headcount".

He added: "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."

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