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Sainsbury's puts thousands of jobs at risk with staff overhaul

Thousands of Sainsbury's shop staff have been put at risk following an overhaul of its store management roles in the latest cost-cutting drive by the company.
The grocer would not confirm how many jobs would be lost by the process - announced just 24 hours after rival Tesco revealed a similar move that would affect 1,700 jobs - but said that the number of senior roles at its larger sites and convenience stores would be reduced.
Sainsbury's said that staff would be given the choice of applying for newly created customer and trading management roles, but there would be fewer management jobs at the end of the process.
This means that workers who do not gain one of the new roles - which will put employees put on salaried contracts rather than hourly wages - will have to accept a more junior position or face redundancy. 
Simon Roberts, retail and operations director at Sainsbury's, said that the intention "was not to reduce overall headcount" as a result of the changes.
Sainsbury's puts thousands of jobs at risk with staff overhaul

Sainsbury's is trying to slash ?500m in costs
Instead he claimed that the overhaul would "introduce a more efficient and effective structure, designed to meet the challenges of today’s retail environment".
He added: "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."
Sainsbury's latest shake-up follows its announcement in October that it would slash 3,000 roles in its human resources, head office and payroll departments. 
This doesn't help stores, but they can cope to a point short term... Overtime cuts etc. But longer term, we saw what happened at Tesco and others to an extent, things snowball, routines fall over and customers suffer.— Steve Dresser (@dresserman) January 23, 2018
The supermarket is attempting to squeeze ?500m of cost savings from the business over the next three years as it faces intense competition from the discount chains at a time of soaring wage bills and property costs. 
Sainsbury’s cut 400 jobs last March while a further 4,000 employees were told they face major changes to their working hours in a shake-up of night shift work at 140 stores.
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