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Morrisons to cut 720 jobs


Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced plans to cut over 700 jobs from its head office in Bradford as part of a “simplified management structure” introduced to combat falling sales.

The supermarkets shakeup, implemented by new chief executive David Potts will also create 5,000 new supermarket based jobs as part of the plan, and many people from head office may be offered alternative roles or voluntary redundancy.

Morrisons’ sales fell 0.7% in the first quarter of 2015, taking the market share of the UK’s fourth-biggest grocer down to 10.9%. In March Morrisons reported profits down by 52% to £345m, its worst results in eight years.

A Morrisons spokesperson said:
"Morrisons is reshaping the way that its business is staffed, investing in new store jobs to deliver better customer service, while also proposing a reduction in head office jobs.
"In its supermarkets, Morrisons has begun recruiting 5,000 shop floor staff to further improve service, increase availability, and open more checkouts.
"At its head office, the company is beginning a consultation about a simplified management structure.
"The number of people employed there has increased by 50% since 2008."

CEO David Potts said:
"We are focusing on the things that matter to our customers. That means having more of our staff in our stores, improving product availability and helping customers at our checkouts.
"We believe our customers and our staff will appreciate the improvements.”

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