Morrisons will reshape the way that its business is staffed, investing in new store jobs to “deliver better customer service”, while also proposing a reduction in Head Office jobs.
In its supermarkets, the Big Four grocer has begun recruiting 5,000 additional shop floor staff to further improve service, increase availability, and open more checkouts.
At its Head Office, the company is beginning a consultation about a simplified management structure. The number of people employed there has increased by 50% since 2008.
David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “We are focusing on the things that matter to our customers. That means having more of our staff in our stores, improving product availability and helping customers at our checkouts. We believe our customers and our staff will appreciate the improvements.”
“To support this, we need a simpler, faster and cost-conscious Head Office and that requires some tough but necessary decisions,” he adds.
The proposals would lead to a reduction of up to 720 roles at Morrisons Head Office.
Staff members whose role is being made redundant will be offered a role in a Morrisons store and some will be redeployed in other parts of the business.
Morrisons employs more than 20,000 people in Yorkshire in its manufacturing, logistics depots and supermarkets and roles become vacant regularly.
Morrisons will also be offering opportunities for voluntary redundancy.
The consultation will last for at least 45 days.