Belfast Telegraph

Just one job affected in Belfast by Barclays relocations

By Alan Jones

Barclays has confirmed that just one job will be affected within its Belfast operation as it prepares to relocate hundreds of UK jobs, prompting union fears that compulsory redundancies may follow.

Unite said around 460 jobs were at risk, mainly in Coventry and Birmingham, with a smaller number in areas including London's Canary Wharf, Liverpool, Northampton, Cardiff, Belfast, Poole, Leeds, Stockton-on-Tees, Petersfield and Manchester.

The banking giant said there would only be a reduction of around 50 jobs, with 400 moving to Glasgow, Greater Manchester and Northampton.

A Barclays spokesman said: "In order to best serve our customers and clients Barclays is moving teams closer together at our core UK sites in Glasgow, Greater Manchester and Northampton, where we are investing in new campuses and office space. Today we have informed staff that a number of operations and technology roles are relocating within the UK.

"We are not reducing the number of jobs overall, except in a few cases of duplication, and we will remain a significant employer in both Coventry and Birmingham."

But Dominic Hook from Unite described the move as "extremely alarming" for Barclays staff.

He said: "Unite is very clear that the decision to cut around 460 jobs will result in a large number of compulsory redundancies which will bring a noticeable impact on customer service across Barclays."

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He said the latest round of cuts, when coupled with the loss of 170 Barclays staff in Coventry last year, represented a "huge blow" for the West Midlands.

"Unite is in discussion with Barclays regarding its future site strategy in order to gain vital clarity and job security for the workforce. The union has challenged the bank on service quality levels due to the loss of knowledge and experienced staff as a result of these changes," he said.

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