Jun 28, 2017

Tesco cuts 1,200 head office jobs

Tesco is cutting 1,200 jobs at its head office and support centres in the latest in a wave of mass job losses in the grocery sector as it attempts to counter rising costs. The news comes only a week after Tesco, which is the country's biggest supermarket chain, announced the closure of one of its call centres with the loss of up to 1,100 jobs. Last week Tesco revealed plans to increase wages for hourly-paid store staff by 10.5 per cent over two years, as the rising minimum wage prompted the grocer to make what it called its "Biggest investment in store pay for a decade". Tesco has been particularly active in reducing jobs as it works to turn itself around after a difficult period that hit its nadir when the grocery chain reported one of the largest losses in UK corporate history. On Tuesday the latest survey of the grocery sector from Kantar Worldpanel showed that all the major UK grocers increased their sales in the past three months, with Tesco notching up year-on-year growth of 3.5 per cent, its best performance since 2012.

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