UK supermarket group Morrisons plans to outsource the management of its financial transaction processing services to Indian firm Wipro, putting 165 jobs on the line.

The company said that the move is “consistent” with its approach to focus its food business and insisted that it works with “many third party companies” to provide support functions.

Morrisons said that the dedcision would see 165 roles moving to the Bangalore-based IT services group. Around 20 of these positions will be locally based, Morrisons added.

A spokesperson for the company told just-food that the move was “about effectiveness and efficiency”, but declined to provide details on the cost savings it is expected to generate.

Morrisons has begun employee consultations and the group emphasised that it will “retain and redeploy” workers where possible.