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Tesco cuts 1,200 head office jobs

A week after announcing that 1,100 jobs would be cut at its Cardiff call centre, Tesco has confirmed that it will slash 1,200 jobs at its head office.

Staff at offices in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield face the cuts, with jobs at the firm’s Birmingham office and the supermarket’s tech and retail support centre in India also affected.

It’s the latest in a cost-cutting exercise by its chief executive, Dave Lewis.

A spokesperson for the company said: “This is a significant next step to continue the turnaround of the business. This new service model will simplify the way we organise ourselves, reduce duplication and cost but also, very importantly, allow us to invest in serving shoppers better.”

“We have made good progress so far in our turnaround but we have more to do. We will work with colleagues to support them as we go through this important transition.”

Lewis has earned the nickname ‘Drastic Dave’ for his reputation of hard cost-cutting at both Tesco and his previous company Unilever.

In his first 12 months at Tesco Lewis cut 5,000 head office and store management roles, along with 4,000 roles overseas. 48 underperforming stores were closed, resulting in nearly 2,500 jobs lost. In April this year a further 3,000 jobs were put at risk when the company decided it would cut night shifts for shelf stackers at its biggest supermarkets.