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Morrisons Tills Up 7,000 New Entry Level Supermarket Jobs

24 Jan 2020

Morrisons Tills Up 7,000 New Entry Level Supermarket Jobs

A major staff restructure will allow Morrisons to create 7,000 new entry level jobs in the UK.

The retail chain, based in Bradford, is to cut 3,000 managerial roles but generate 4,000 net extra vacancies overall.

The 7,000 shop floor positions will be paid by the hour and Morrisons hopes the restructure of the UK’s fourth biggest supermarket chain will improve customer experience within its portfolio of almost 500 stores nationwide.

Pinpointing some of the roles which will be on offer after the restructure, the supermarket said: “Many of the new jobs will be on Morrisons renowned Market Street deli counters where skilled butchers, bakers, fishmongers and other fresh food specialists serve customers.”

Explaining why the supermarket chain was making such wide-scale changes to its staffing structure, David Lepley, group retail director at Morrisons, said:

“This proposal means more frontline colleagues improving product availability and helping customers. Whilst there will be a short period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals, we will be supporting them through this process and there are jobs available for everybody who wants to continue to work at Morrisons.”

“There will also be more roles with greater flexibility that are very attractive to colleagues with families,” added Mr Lepley.

As alluded to by the group retail director, Morrisons are keen to point out that managers who lose their current positions will have the opportunity to work in another role where they can ‘concentrate on helping frontline colleagues to do their job and run their stores.’

However, union bosses worry that the downgrading which middle-level managers at Morrisons face could be ‘devastating’.

Commenting on the announcement, the national officer for the Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers (USDAW), Joanne McGuinness, said: “This is a big upheaval for the Morrisons store management team. We will be entering into consultations with the company on behalf of our members affected by these changes.”

“Despite a large number of hourly paid roles being created, they will clearly not be a like-for-like position for the managers impacted. We are providing members with the support, advice and representation they require during this difficult time,” added Ms. McGuinness.

You can find out more about working at Morrisons on our company profile for the chain. And, for a more general overview of this line of work, take a look at our guide to UK supermarket jobs for students now.

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