Walmart is testing ways to trim the size of its store management staff

An employee welcomes customers at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Burbank, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

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Walmart is testing out a new employee structure within its stores in an attempt to cut down the size of its store management staff, according to a Bloomberg report

The nation’s biggest employer is looking to see if it can have fewer mid-level store managers overseeing workers, with these managers seeing both their responsibilities and their pay increase, according to Bloomberg. 

Walmart has been trying to trim its labor costs, but still needs to retain workers and attract talent in a tight labor market.

The new structure is already in place at 75 of its stores, the news service said.

The largest U.S. employer is asking workers, ranked assistant store managers and department managers to apply for fewer and higher paying positions structured as management teams of workers, the report said. Current managers also need to apply for new roles such as business leads, team leads and academy trainers.

Walmart wasn’t immediately available to comment on the reports. 

Read the full story on Bloomberg here. 

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