Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced it is to shed 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise and Cornwall won’t escape the axe.
The retailer said it was looking to make £150m in savings this year and a further £500m over the next three years.
As a result, Sainsbury’s confirmed this week that around 1,400 HR and payroll jobs were expected to be cut from its operations.
A further 600 HR and additional support staff roles are expected to be axed from the grocery chain, Argos and Sainsbury’s Bank.
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The Sainsbury’s supermarket in Helston
The company currently employs around 195,000 staff across the UK and operates six stores in Cornwall.
The firm would not confirm how many if any jobs would be cut from its operation in Cornwall but a spokeswoman for the supermarket said: “We’re not at the stage where we can break this down by store but this is across all stores.”
She added: “The UK grocery market is changing at a rapid pace and it’s crucial that we transform the way we operate to meet future challenges and continue to provide customers with best in class service.
“Following a comprehensive review, we are proposing some updates to our HR structures and systems, as well as changes to a number of other support roles, subject to consultation.”
The spokesman added: “This has been a difficult decision and we appreciate that this will be a tough time for those colleagues affected by the changes.
“We will support them in any way we can.”
Source: Cornwall Live