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Asda’s new owners eye 3,000 job cuts alongside online investment drive

Written by on 25th February 2021

Asda has warned that 3,000 workers in its stores are at risk of losing their jobs as the chain’s new owners plan to ramp up investment in online sales.

The UK’s third-largest supermarket chain said the shake-up was driven by the shift in demand towards grocery deliveries which took off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asda said that while it had begun consultations with 5,000 of its back office store workers, it hoped the plan would result in no more than 3,000 roles being lost.
On a net basis, Asda said its plans would result in 1,500 employment additions as it was seeking 4,500 staff to drive growth in online.
It was expected that many of those tipped to lose out would be able to take on one of the new jobs, Asda said.
The chain’s chief executive, Roger Burnley, said: “The pandemic has accelerated change across the retail sector especially the shift towards grocery home shopping and 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.
“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.”

Via IRN/Sky News for GTFM