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

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Sainsbury's supermarket has announced plans to embark on another cost cutting exercise which will result in a possible loss of 2,000 jobs across the UK. The decision comes as the business continues to face pressure from the so-called discounters. The job losses include 1,400 store based clerks as the firm moves to a centralised HR model. Sainsbury's are close to completing a three year plan to save 500 million GBP, but this latest announcement means that from Spring 2018, another three year plan to save the same amount will be launched. Sainsbury's previously announced 400 jobs losses earlier in 2017.  


  • 17 October 2017: BBC Website
  • 17 October 2017: The Guardian


Eurofound (2017), Sainsbury's, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 92327, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92327.