300 jobs to be axed by Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s is set to cut 300 jobs across its store support centres in Ansty in Warwickshire, Manchester and Holborn, London.

The supermarket giant will now outsource its commercial, finance operations, people services and HR to Accenture.

The move follows the announcement made in March where the supermarket put 2,000 jobs at risk due to its plans to shut its 200 in-store cafes.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are focused on our plans to put food back at the heart of Sainsbury’s.

“To achieve this, we are becoming a more simple, nimble and efficient business so that we can reinvest in what matters most to customers – low prices, exciting new products and convenient ways to shop.

“We are talking to a small proportion of our store support centre colleagues about some changes we are proposing to the way we work.

“Colleagues affected will enter into a consultation process and we are supporting them through this in any way we can”.

It also is discussing with a number of staff plans to close less popular hot food counters in 34 stores and changes to how it runs its bakeries.