Supermarket giant to sack hundreds of its office staff
Asda is to axe hundreds of jobs at its head office as part of a major cost-cutting drive at the Walmart-owned supermarket. The grocery giant informed affected staff in Leeds yesterday afternoon about the cull, which is understood to amount to around a tenth of Asda's 2,500 head office roles.
Asda is in the midst of a turnaround plan under new chief executive Sean Clarke, who is attempting to arrest falling sales as the supermarket scraps it out with rivals in a brutal price war that has eroded profits.
It comes after reports surfaced last month that thousands of Asda workers across 18 under-performing stores are facing redundancy or changes to their working hours.
Staffing arrangements in a further 59 stores are also being looked at as Clarke brings in a raft of changes. The chain has 16 stores in Northern Ireland.