Tesco is shutting its remaining food counters and hot delis and will shake up management roles in overhaul that will impact 2,100 jobs
- Tesco’s remaining counters and hot delis will close for final time on February 26
- Around 350 workers are expected to be affected by a series of localised changes
Tesco has said it will shut counters and hot delis in an overhaul that will impact around 2,100 jobs.
The UK’s largest supermarket chain has also announced that it will be reducing the number of lead and team managers as part of a shake-up of huge overhaul.
Tesco’s remaining counters and hot delis at stores will close for a final time on February 26, having earlier removed counters from the majority of its stores.
Around 350 workers are expected to be affected by a series of localised changes, such as the closure of eight pharmacies and reduced hours at some in-store post offices.
Tesco has said it will shut counters and hot delis in an overhaul which will impact around 2,100 jobs
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Ireland chief executive officer, said the retailer will ‘support those colleagues impacted and help find alternative roles within our business’
The retailer says all all affected workers will be offered alternative roles, though it did not say how many staff work on counters and delis.
Meanwhile, Tesco says the shake-up of management roles will introduce around 1,800 new shift leader roles in stores, leading operational duties on the shop floor.
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Ireland chief executive officer, said: ‘These are difficult decisions to make, but they are necessary to ensure we remain focused on delivering value for our customers wherever we can, as well as ensuring our store offer reflects what our customers value the most.
‘Our priority is to support those colleagues impacted and help find alternative roles within our business from the vacancies and newly created roles we have available.’
It comes after staff revealed earlier this month that they were given boxes of Quality Street chocolates worth £5 instead of a cash bonus at Christmas – despite the strains of the cost of living crisis.
The supermarket giant paid staff a 10 per cent bonus in 2020 and has previously handed out shopping vouchers at Christmas, but staff members have said they were given chocolate instead for the second year in a row.
Tesco said it has never given its workers a regular cash bonus in the run up to Christmas, and instead doubled its staff discount to 20 per cent over the 2022 festive period.