Thousands of shop floor jobs are thought to be at risk as a result of a managerial restructure planned at Sainsbury’s.
While the company will not confirm the exact number of employees it will affect, store management jobs will be axed.
Employees currently holding management roles will be given the chance to apply for a smaller number of new management roles. Those who are unsuccessful in their applications will either be demoted or made redundant.
The plans are parts of a company objective to save £500m and simplify operation, and news come just a day after Tesco announced 1,400 jobs are at risks at its stores for similar reasons.
Simon Roberts, retail and operations director of Sainsbury’s, said: “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 as they continue to provide the very best service for our customers.”
He added: “Our intention is not to reduce overall headcount as a result of these proposals. I appreciate this will be a difficult time for those affected and we will fully support our people through these changes.”