Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

1,700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
3,300 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
27 February 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, has announced the loss of 1,700 deputy manager jobs in its ‘Tesco Express’ branches and started the formal consultation period with the affected employees. Their jobs will be replaced by newly created ‘shift leader’ positions, which will be paid at a lower rate. According to the company, deputy managers will be offered the option to take the new shift leader positions, redeployment in other stores or redundancy payments. As 3,300 ‘shift leader’ positions are being created, the management claims there will be an overall increase in the number of jobs at Tesco. Pauline Foulkes of the Usdaw union said they are supporting staff with the consultation process.

In January 2017, Tesco announced a restructuring of its distribution network, and the company's latest announcement follows only weeks after the supermarket chain Waitrose announced removing the role of department manager across its stores.


  • 27 March 2017: BBC News Website (www.bbc.co.uk)
  • 27 March 2017: Sky News website


Eurofound (2017), Tesco, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90368, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90368.