Around 3,000 jobs are at risk as Asda has launched consultations as they prepare for a major restructuring of the supermarket chain.
Some 3,000 back office workers jobs are at risk as the company prepares to move toward online grocery shopping amid the “structural shift” in customers shopping habits.
Asda are also planning to create around 4,500 jobs for their online operations throughout 2021.
Roger Burnley, Asda chief executive officer and president said, ‘We know that these proposed changes will be unsettling for colleagues and our priority is to support them during this consultation process.
“Our plans to transform the business will result in more roles being created than those we propose to remove and our absolute aim is to ensure as many colleagues as possible stay with us, as well as creating the opportunity to welcome new people to our business.”
Burnley said the pandemic has “accelerated change across the retail sector especially the shift towards grocery home shopping.”
He added, “Our priority is to serve customers in the way they want to shop with us. The last 12 months have shown us that businesses have to be prepared to adapt quickly to change and I am incredibly proud of the way we demonstrated our agility and resilience through the pandemic.”