4/7/2009 12:20:00 PM
3 cuts assistant managers from small stores
3 is set to cut its assistant manager roles in at least 23 of its 40 smaller stores in a cost saving programme.
No redundancies are due, but the assistant managers will be offered sales associated roles and wages will drop accordingly.
The operator will reduce its basic pay for retail staff from 85% of their total pay packet to 70%, leaving greater pressure to hit targets.
3 will also stop 30 of its 300 stores from opening on Sundays, and will cut the number of hours that staff work. Many currently started their day at 8am despite stores not opening until 10am.
The company wants to track staffing levels in line with footfall.
The news was delivered yesterday (Monday 6 April) after two briefings to managers in London and Birmingham.
3's retail estate has quickly grown and the operator is now looking to make the stores more efficient. Assistant managers in smaller stores are seen as a luxury after an assessment by the company.
It is expected that some assistant managers are likely to seek work elsewhere if they can find assistant manager roles which match their current level of pay.