50 jobs under threat as Barclays announces shake-up

Bournemouth Echo: BLOW: Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry BLOW: Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry

AROUND 50 jobs are under threat at Barclays in Poole after the bank announced a shake-up of its human resources operation.

The move – which involves outsourcing some jobs to India and Lithuania – could also mean some staff from other parts of the country being redeployed to Poole.

A spokesperson said: “On Monday January 6, Barclays begun a consultation with HR employees about a reorganisation of part of its HR Services function. We will work closely with affected colleagues to minimise any compulsory redundancies.”

The move affects around 80 administrative staff across the UK, with some jobs going to global HR service centre abroad and some being re-deployed to Poole and London.

The bank says it will improve the efficiency of the bank’s HR services function.

A statement said: “Barclays will be working with the individuals affected and offering them one-to-one support to minimise the impact. “Our objective is to mitigate compulsory job losses by implementing a voluntary redundancy programme and offering relocation assistance to redeploy as many people as possible to those roles moving to Poole and London.

“Any redundancies will take place from March 2014.”

It said it had consulted with the Unite union and held regular meetings over the changes.

“Whilst it is difficult to predict due to voluntary redundancies and relocations, we anticipate approximately 50 roles in Poole being impacted,” the statement added.

Barclays’ Poole operation was drastically reduced following the announcement in 2007 that 1,100 jobs – more than half its Barclays House workforce – would be axed.

In 2012, more than 100 jobs were lost at Poole when the bank revealed it was outsourcing its pensions administration function.

Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Whilst the latest indicators show the economy as a whole is improving, the recovery will take some time and the economy will remain fragile.

“Redundancies are clearly not good news for the local economy. However it is encouraging to see there is growth in the UK employment market in both the private and public sector so the job market is easing.

“We also continue to see high levels of new businesses in Dorset and a good level of support is available to those start-ups.”

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10:10am Fri 17 Jan 14

BoscVegas says...

As a Barclays customer I find this move insulting. Redundancies for the administrators at the expense of customer service however Gordon Gekko at 1 C*nthill Place still gets his obscene bonus.
As a Barclays customer I find this move insulting. Redundancies for the administrators at the expense of customer service however Gordon Gekko at 1 C*nthill Place still gets his obscene bonus. BoscVegas
  • Score: 8

10:33am Fri 17 Jan 14

poolepaul says...

BoscVegas wrote:
As a Barclays customer I find this move insulting. Redundancies for the administrators at the expense of customer service however Gordon Gekko at 1 C*nthill Place still gets his obscene bonus.
Have a heart, the top managers now have to cope with filling their pillows with ten pounds notes instead of twenties. And have you tried living on a 6 figure bonus? Show some sympathy!
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: As a Barclays customer I find this move insulting. Redundancies for the administrators at the expense of customer service however Gordon Gekko at 1 C*nthill Place still gets his obscene bonus.[/p][/quote]Have a heart, the top managers now have to cope with filling their pillows with ten pounds notes instead of twenties. And have you tried living on a 6 figure bonus? Show some sympathy! poolepaul
  • Score: 7

2:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ian_the_bute says...

outsourcing to india and lithuania ,what are they thinking ,im sure they can get children aged 9 in the phillipines to do the work ,come on Barclays ,lets get capitalism working .for all those people who don't understand sarcasm. I am being sarcastic to emphasise the point the all banks are vile
outsourcing to india and lithuania ,what are they thinking ,im sure they can get children aged 9 in the phillipines to do the work ,come on Barclays ,lets get capitalism working .for all those people who don't understand sarcasm. I am being sarcastic to emphasise the point the all banks are vile ian_the_bute
  • Score: 4

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