British grocer Tesco ($LON:TSCO) announced that it will close fresh-food counters at 90 stores, putting about 9,000 jobs at risk in the United Kingdom.
Although these cost-cutting measures — which come despite Tesco's best Christmas season sales numbers since 2009 — may have been predicted due to the rise of budget grocer competitors such as ALDI ($PRIVATE:PRIV_ALDI), Tesco's own careers page acted as a predictor for what was to come.
On November 25, Tesco was hiring for 3,763 across its stores. Two months later, its was only looking to fill 1,675 positions, a decrease of 55%.
Nearly across the board, this drop in hiring was for positions that were directly related to counter service and produce, or to general positions at the company.
|Title||Number of Positions (Nov. 25)||
Number of Positions (Jan. 25)
|One Stop - Customer Service Assistant||136||121|
|Customer Delivery Driver -||111||51|
|Cafe Team Member||43||26|
|Customer Assistant - Checkouts||35||6|
|Customer Assistant - Nights||32||6|
|One Stop - Shift Manager||32||31|
|Customer Assistant Checkouts||23||6|
|Customer Assistant - Stock Control||19||6|
|Customer Assistant - Counters||17||9|
|Customer Assistant - Produce||15||4|
|Customer Assistant Produce||14||2|
|Customer Assistant Counters||13||1|
With the rise of discount grocers and automated grocery stores — i.e. Amazon Go stores — Tesco is feeling the crunch and is going to be forced to cut jobs, and it couldn't be clearer on where they were going to axe workers by looking at its own job listings data.