Tesco Express

Tesco is removing the role of deputy manager in its Express stores as part of a wider shake-up of its convenience operation.

Overall 1,700 deputy manager positions are being axed as the retailer looks to create 3,300 new shift leader roles, in a move designed to increase the number of staff available to deal with customers.

Those staff impacted by the move will go through a 60-day consultation process, with three options available. They can either go for one of the shift leader roles, which will be on a lower pay scale, they can apply look to take on a different role within Tesco or take redundancy.

The shake-up comes on the back of a trial of the new structure in a number of Tesco Express stores.

“To help improve our service to customers in our Express stores we are aiming to have more of our colleagues on the shop floor, more often,” said Tesco MD of convenience Tracey Clements.

“To help achieve this we are creating more than 3,300 shift leader roles which, in turn, means we will no longer have deputy managers. We appreciate that these changes will impact our deputy manager colleagues, and will do everything we can to support them throughout this period.”

The staff consultations will begin this week and a Tesco spokesman said it was too early to say how many redundancies would result from the move. However Tesco said the changes will result in a net increase of around 1,500 roles.