A major restructuring at Asda will put around 4,100 managerial jobs into consultation, while boosting the number of section leader roles.
The retailer said it planned to do away with existing department manager roles from some stores and create section leader posts, as well as new deputy manager, trading manager and section manager roles. Asda claimed the restructuring would put more staff on the shop floor and create up to 5,000 roles.
New chief operations officer Mark Ibbotson said the move would “free up time for growth areas such as home shopping and e-commerce”. The restructuring had been tested in 20 stores of various formats over the last six months, an Asda spokesperson added. It comes as Asda looks to save £1b over the next five years.
Asda has also reported its like-for-like sales (excluding petrol) for the 15 weeks to 20th April 2014 were flat, up just 0.1%. Total sales grew 1.3%.
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