Morrisons is to axe 1,500 shop floor workers as it becomes the latest supermarket to announce large-scale job cuts.
The supermarket giant said the shake-up is part of a restructure which would see more customer service staff and fewer managers.
Staff were told on Thursday morning that hundreds of role would change, while the position of warehouse manager would be axed completely.
It becomes the latest supermarket heavyweight after Sainsbury’s and Tesco to restructure its workforce as the industry looks to address shifting shopping habits.
Morrisons is to axe 1,500 shop floor workers as it becomes the latest supermarket to announce large-scale job cuts
About 800 of the 1,500 jobs set to be axed are current vacancies, with the remaining 700 means senior members of staff face redundancy or a more junior role.
Gary Mills, Morrisons retail director, said: ‘Our aim is to serve customers better with more frontline colleagues in stores improving product availability and helping customers at the checkouts.
‘Very regrettably, there will be a period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals and we’ll be supporting them through this important process.
‘Our commitment is to redeploy as many affected colleagues as possible.’
Simultaneously Morrisons said it will create 1,700 junior jobs.
Last week, Sainsbury’s announced a management shake-up at its supermarkets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.
Last week, Sainsbury’s announced a management shake-up at its supermarkets, putting thousands of jobs at risk
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.
Sainsbury’s said the changes at both its supermarkets and convenience stores are ‘designed to meet the challenges of today’s retail environment’.
The news came just a day after rival Tesco said it would axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive.
Asda, another Big Four player, has also announced swingeing cuts recently.
Sainsbury’s is undergoing a major cost-cutting drive amid a brutal price war that has engulfed a sector also reeling under inflationary pressures and diminished consumer spending power.
Firms have also been hammered by soaring business rates and a collapse in shopper confidence following the Brexit vote.
Late last year the supermarket giant announced that it was axing 2,000 jobs, mainly from human resources and payroll staff, adding to 1,000 head office job cuts in August, as part of efforts to cut another £500 million of costs.
Earlier this month Sainsbury’s warned of a challenging market amid weaker sales at Argos, which it acquired in 2016.
The news comes a week after rival Tesco said it would axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive