Penneys is set to restructure management at its Irish branches, which is expected to result in some job losses for current managers who will be offered a layoff or the opportunity to apply for a new team leader role.
According to the retailer, the changes are being introduced to create the same management structure across all Penneys stores across Ireland.
This means that the current non-management role of Supervisor or Service Lead will be replaced with a management role of the new Team Lead role. While base pay for the new posts will be the same or higher, managerial roles in the retail sector typically do not attract overtime rates for additional hours.
The changes in the business administration structure will go into effect at the end of September, with affected employees being notified in the final week.
That Irish Independent understands that supervisors do not automatically transition to the new role of team leader and that it is up to the individual to request or choose to be fired in the next two weeks.
A Penneys spokesman said: Irish Independent: “The changes we are proposing will create a simplified and more consistent management structure across all of our stores, provide more opportunities for career advancement and provide greater flexibility, all aimed at helping us provide the best possible experience for all Penneys employees to offer. Colleagues and ultimately our customers.”
“One of the proposed changes is the introduction of a newly created team leader role, an entry-level leadership role open to all managers. We are now focused on supporting all of our colleagues who may be impacted by this process,” the spokesperson added.
In January, Primark announced it was eliminating 400 such store management positions from its UK stores to simplify the management structure there.
Here it is assumed that the move will directly impact a small percentage of Penney’s 5,000 retail employees.
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