By Hannah Uttley For The Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 21:51, 27 May 2018 | UPDATED: 21:56, 27 May 2018
Sainsbury’s has admitted it will slash management jobs as part of its £14.1 billion merger with Asda.
In a letter to MPs, Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe confessed that ‘a very small number of well-paid managerial roles will be duplicated across the group’.
It is not known how many jobs are at risk but they are likely to be in head offices where two of the same roles exist.
So far, Coupe has promised that no shop-floor jobs will be lost as part of its tie-up with Asda, which will turn the merged group into the UK’s biggest supermarket, valued at £14.1 billion.
Sainsbury’s confirmed it will keep Asda’s head office in Leeds open for a year if the Competition and Markets Authority approved the deal, but it is understood it could face closure in future.
Asda employs around 2,000 people at its head office in Leeds, while Sainsbury’s has several thousand staff at its headquarters.
Last year Asda cut 300 roles at its main office while earlier this year Sainsbury’s revealed thousands of jobs were at risk as it slashed the number of store managers.
Coupe was responding to concerns raised by MPs on what the deal would mean for employees.
In a letter to Rachel Reeves, chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee,
Coupe said: ‘No company can guarantee that absolutely every job across its business will stay unchanged forever.