A shake-up of Tesco’s Express convenience chain will force 1,800 deputy managers to take a pay cut if they want to keep their current jobs.
The company, which is the UK’s biggest retailer, said it was scrapping the deputy manager role but instead creating 3,300 shift leader jobs for its deputy managers which will effectively create a further 1,500 new jobs.
The changes, Tesco said, follow a successful trial as part of a group transformation programme, and were not aimed at cutting costs.
The transformation effort has so far resulted in a huge amount of changes in order to keep up with its market-leading position amid the challenge posed by companies such as Aldi and Lidl, which offer huge discounts on groceries.
Tesco said its consultation with deputy managers provided them with options such as taking one of the new roles, transferring to a bigger store or taking redundancy.It added that those who take one of the new shift leader positions would be financially supported. This is a move previously offered to staff who were likely to lose thousands of pounds in salary cuts.
Tracey Clements, managing director of convenience at Tesco, insisted the changes were not intended to save money.
She said: "To help improve our service to customers in our Express stores we are aiming to have more of our colleagues on the shop floor, more often.”
"To help achieve this we are creating more than 3,300 shift leader roles which, in turn, means we will no longer have deputy managers.”
"We appreciate that these changes will impact our deputy manager colleagues, and will do everything we can to support them throughout this period."