Sainsbury’s 500 job losses ‘will not affect’ Sheffield and South Yorkshire

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Sainsbury’s job losses totalling 500 people are not set to affect Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

The supermarkert giant announced today it is axing 500 roles in a bid to save £500 million.

But the cuts will be made in Manchester, London and Coventry to ‘central roles’ and Sheffield and South Yorkshire are not currently affected.

The firm recently made a significant investment in Sheffield, opening a new Sainsbury’s store in Wadsley Bridge in December, which created 290 jobs.

The future of Sheffield and South Yorkshire stores from rival chain Morrisons is less certain, after the company announced it will close 10 stores nationwide but has not yet ruled out South Yorkshire: Morrisons announces store closures

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “we have undertaken a thorough review of our central costs and structures. Each member of the Operating Board has looked at their division in great detail with the objective of reducing costs, while at the same time making sure we remain focused on doing the right things for our customers.

“We have now completed this review and are proposing to streamline our central divisions and bring our supermarkets and convenience businesses together. Some functions will be losing colleagues and others will be taking more on, with the expectation of around 500 fewer roles, spread across all divisions and grades in our store support centres.”

In a letter to colleagues, CEO Mike Coupe said: “We want to work through this period of uncertainty as quickly as possible, while making sure we consult with colleagues who are affected by these changes. We’re committed to treating all impacted colleagues with respect, during what we know will be a difficult time.

“I recognise that these changes will be difficult for our colleagues and I can assure you the decision to make them was not taken lightly. However, I’m certain that we will be in a stronger position to deliver our new strategy and better equipped to win in these times of change as a result.”