Tesco confirms 9,000 jobs are at risk in latest round of cuts

Tesco has confirmed it’s placed 9,000 jobs at risk as part of efforts to ‘simplify the business’.

The chain, Britain’s biggest grocer, said it has briefed colleagues on a number of changes – which will see many head office and in store workers axed.

Bosses said it estimates that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, expects up to half of colleagues to redeployed to other customer-facing roles.

Jason Tarry, CEO, UK & ROI said: “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.

"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 latest round of cuts will also include changes in store – including to deli counters and fresh food aisles.

It said as a result of customers "shopping differently" 90 stores will close specialist counters, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for our customers.

Speaking on further internal changes for staff, it said one third of branches currently provide a hot food service and over recent years, there has been reduced demand for this. This will soon be replaced by self-service canteens for all.

Last week, rumours started to swirl over potential job cuts at Tesco, as part of a £1.5 billion cost-saving measure.

It was rumoured that bakeries with the supermarket chain could aso be overhauled with frozen instead of fresh dough reportedly being used meaning jobs for skilled bakers will be cut.

Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket, has 732 stores with a typical shop having five fish mongers, five butchers, as well as six deli and cheese counter workers – the jobs of which could now be at risk.

To date, chief executive Dave Lewis has axed more than 10,000 roles since joining the supermarket in 2014.

Lewis has attempted to match budget stores like Aldi and Lidl by opening new discount brand Jack’s.

A Tesco spokesperson told Mirror Money: “We’re always looking at ways to run our business more simply and efficiently. Whenever we make changes in our business, colleagues are always the first to know.”

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