EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 27-02-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 1700
Planned Job Reductions max: 1700
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Planned Job Creation: 3300

Additional Information

Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, has announced the loss of 1,700 deputy manager jobs in its ‘Tesco Express’ branches and started the formal consultation period with the affected employees. Their jobs will be replaced by newly created ‘shift leader’ positions, which will be paid at a lower rate. According to the company, deputy managers will be offered the option to take the new shift leader positions, redeployment in other stores or redundancy payments. As 3,300 ‘shift leader’ positions are being created, the management claims there will be an overall increase in the number of jobs at Tesco. Pauline Foulkes of the Usdaw union said they are supporting staff with the consultation process.

In January 2017, Tesco announced a restructuring of its distribution network, and the company's latest announcement follows only weeks after the supermarket chain Waitrose announced removing the role of department manager across its stores.