Thousands of Sainsbury's jobs at risk

The cuts will be made at a senior level, with many in-store posts being heavily slimmed down and replaced by fewer management roles.

The supermarket didn't give us an answer, but confirmed they are thought to run into the thousands.

Last June, Tesco cut 1,200 jobs at its head office and 1,100 jobs in Cardiff, with the closure of a customer service centre.

The retailer has more than 25 stores in the county.

The supermarket said the changes will see the roles of people manager, customer experience manager and compliance manager removed from large stores in an effort to "simplify" its operational structure.

"The proposals will introduce a more efficient and effective structure, created to meet the challenges of today's retail environment".

'I appreciate this will be a hard time for those affected and we will fully support our people through these changes'.

Tesco has said it will cut 1,700 jobs in its superstores in a move to reduce the number of in-store manager.

Tesco has axed thousands of jobs in recent years as it ploughs on with a turnaround plan under chief executive Dave Lewis.

It is targeting "at least" another 500 million pounds in savings over the three years starting in 2018-19.

Although the company is doing away with the roles of 1,700 people it will create 900 new positions.

Structural changes in the retail industry, combined with higher costs from business rates and the national living wage, have been driving job cuts at supermarkets.

The supermarket said it will provide support to the 1,700 affected employees in finding alternative roles wherever possible.

Tesco states that the upcoming changes would reduce the difficulties and help in the delivery of simple and helpful experiences for its employees and customers.

Retailers are having to rethink their businesses amid aggressive competition from Aldi and Lidl as well as a switch to shopping online. "Therefore, the stage is set and the decline of the grocers' workforce will continue", he said.

  • Joey Payne