Jobs to be lost as Morrisons cuts costs

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Jobs are at risk at supermarket retailer Morrisons after a fall in the company’s annual profits.

Morrisons is installing cash-counting machines in its back offices which could see 689 cash office managers and supervisors UK-wide made redundant.

A company spokesman said the changes could lead to the loss of one job per store for Morrisons, which has supermarkets on Dewsbury Road and Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre.

The company said in a statement: “The introduction of new technology is an ongoing programme to ensure that Morrisons continues to improve its competitiveness.

“The new technology will simplify the operation and mean that cash can be automatically counted.

“As a result, Morrisons has begun to consult with 689 cash office managers and supervisors about a proposal to remove management and supervisory positions in cash offices in stores.

“Morrisons will support its colleagues throughout this consultation process.”

Bradford-based Morrisons’ profits for 2012 fell seven per cent to £879m.

The company said the vast majority of the job losses would be outside Yorkshire.