Barclays to move hundreds of back-office jobs to India
James Moore is the Independent's Associate Business Editor and writes the Outlook City comment column from Tuesday to Friday. He also has a keen interest in disability issues and when not attempting to further injure himself playing wheelchair basketball.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Barclays is planning to offshore hundreds of roles at its troubled investment banking unit to India in a bid to cut costs, The Independent has learnt.
The bank is understood to have dispatched a team to recruit and train new staff there to replace workers in both London and New York.
Separately, the bank announced consultations with UK staff at the investment bank over what could be substantial job losses as a result of new chief executive Antony Jenkins' "Transform" programme. They are designed, said the bank, to "optimise the business".
The company refused to comment on the number of staff who will be affected by the offshoring but the final number will likely be in the hundreds. Those affected will be largely those in back-office and support functions.
Barclays was hit by fresh scandal over the weekend when it emerged that a highly critical report into its American wealth management division was suppressed by a senior manager, who has since quit without a pay-off.
That came just days after Mr Jenkins told all 140,000 members of staff to clean up their acts or leave in a letter last week.
News of further offshoring and job losses could generate fresh controversy, particularly among unions, given that the roles slated to move to India will be primarily relatively modestly paid ones.
Analysts and investors want to see more action to curb top bankers' pay at the company. Those in higher pay grades are seen as having caused most of its problems, including the £290m in fines when highly rewarded traders attempted to manipulate Libor interest rates. They argue that the way the banks' money is shared between top bankers and shareholders, who risk their money to back their activities, has moved too far in the direction of bankers.
Mr Jenkins will next outline his plans for the bank at a strategy presentation on 12 February, although he is expected to resist calls from some investors to hive off the investment bank.
He has made a number of moves already, such as the appointment of Hector Sants, formerly chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, to head up relations with the Government and regulators.
With a package that could top £3m he has been dubbed "the most expensive compliance officer in the City".
A Barclays spokesman said today: "As part of our ongoing location strategy, we have been and will continue to move roles from one international location to another. This strategy will deliver improvements in our processes for the ultimate benefit of our clients."
- 1 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
- 2 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 iPhone 6s camera: features to include 4K video camera and flash for selfies
- 5 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
Miley Cyrus address Robin Thicke VMA controversy: ‘He wanted me as naked as possible, but I got the heat because I’m a woman’
Most expensive city to live in for expatriates: Luanda, Angola takes number one spot with Hong Kong and Zurich in top three
If Surrey were Syria: Social experiment shows what it's like to live under siege
Irish tourist filmed fighting with shopkeepers in Turkey says they 'messed with the wrong man'
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal get peerages
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
iJobs Money & Business
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£15000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...