Tesco has announced a change to the way it runs its Express convenience stores.
The change focuses on the creation of 3,300 new shift leader roles, while deputy manager positions will no longer form part of the structure.
This week, approximately 1,700 deputy managers will begin consultation and will be offered new shift leader positions or alternative roles in other Tesco stores.
Tesco operates over 1,800 Express stores across the UK. The changes will result in a net increase of around 1,500 roles.
The supermarket chain said the new structure is part of a wider programme to meet customer needs, to ensure Tesco is set up to compete in a rapidly changing retail sector.
Tracey Clements, managing director of convenience at Tesco said: “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.
“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.”