A man has been left in tears after being forced to leave his job as a super shoe sales manager to take a job as an orthopedic surgeon at a “super shoe” company.
The 27-year-old has now become the latest victim of the “super” retail sector to fall victim to a growing wave of high-tech sales.
As the global super retailer giants have rolled out their “super sales” programme, some of the largest names in the industry have stepped up their game.
In January, Walmart became the first major retailer to adopt a “pay as you go” model for its “super services”, and other big brands are following suit, with Apple, Facebook and Microsoft all testing “pay-as-you-go” sales.
But Mr Hogg, who has not been named in the UK media, told the BBC he has been “shocked and appalled” by the spate of high tech jobs, which he said were “no longer just for the super rich”.
“It’s not just me,” he said.
“The whole system is being destroyed.”
The UK has become the first country in the world to require companies to publish the average salaries of their super sales staff, which they have been able to do under a controversial new law which is designed to curb corporate greed.
Under the scheme, the average pay for super sales workers is set at £32,000 a year, a figure which has been consistently reported as “astonishingly low” by academics.
In the latest “pay for super” survey, from February, the “average” salary for a “Super Services Manager” was £30,000.
“They are the most prestigious jobs in the business,” said Mr Hagg, who now runs a self-employed shop in north London.
“This is a system where the super-rich are getting paid more, but they’re getting paid less than everybody else.”
The new legislation came into effect last week, but has been criticised by some in the super retail industry who believe it is being driven by “politically correct” concerns about “fake news”.
The legislation has also sparked fears among some super retailers that their sales may be being driven into the hands of unscrupulous foreign companies, who are not allowed to operate under UK rules.
“We’re not doing anything wrong, but I think we’re being exploited,” said a man in his 40s who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from his former employer.
“I can’t do my job anymore.”
Mr Huddleston said he has “never seen anything so bad” and is “completely shocked and appalled”.
“I have never heard anything like it.”
Super shoes “Super shoes” are made by combining various materials including leather, rubber and fabric.
They are designed to give the wearer the feel of stepping out of a shoe, without being too uncomfortable or cumbersome.
They have become a staple in the high-street fashion industry, with luxury brands such as Versace and Gucci offering models with super shoes.
Some super shoes have been seen to feature a camera, a speaker system and even an onboard video recorder, making them a convenient and expensive option for celebrities and big brands.
A spokeswoman for Walmart said that in the “pay at work” scheme, “super shoes” were paid “according to the same guidelines as other retail employees”.
But she said that “pay by the hour” rates were different to “regular hours”, and “pay per hour” is “standardised across all retail outlets”.
In the UK, super shoes are only available to “super and super-low income workers”.
In December, Mr Haddocks’ employer, Tesco, introduced a new “pay rate” for “super, super low income and super low paid” staff, with those earning between £15,000 and £45,000 receiving an extra 1.5 per cent of their gross salary.
“Our super sales manager will be paid on the average wage for the week and this is a percentage that we’ve been following for some time,” said Ms Hogg.
“He is working for us and his salary is the same.”
Mr Karr said that while the company was “disappointed” that the “caretaker” had left, “the reality is that our employees are working hard and doing the best that they can for us.”
Tesco said that it “stands by its commitment to pay its employees at the right rate”.
“We’ve listened to our employees and our customers and we are committed to ensuring that our super sales managers are paid at the rate they deserve,” said Tesco’s chief financial officer, Dave Brown.
“In our view, it is wrong that our team is paid in a way that would have an impact on our bottom line and that is why we’ve agreed to introduce