Sainsbury’s are set to axe thousands of management jobs in a major shake up of its structure.
The announcement comes after Tesco yesterday said it would be cutting hundreds of jobs to save £1 billion in the next five years.
Sainsbury’s is slimming down its management roles in store and those affected will be given the choice of applying for the new roles, accept a more junior position or redundancy.
Simon Roberts, retail and operations director of Sainsbury’s, told the BBC: ‘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.’
Sainsbury’s is the second largest chain of supermarkets in the uk, with a 16.9% share of the market.