We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Barclays sheds 422 IT jobs

Bank's technology support staff face the axe

Barclays Bank is set to cut 422 IT jobs, prompting anger from trade unions.

The roles affected are in IT and infrastructure support. The Barclays site most affected is Radbrooke Hall, in Cheshire, but a site in Northampton will also be hit, according to the Unite trade union.

The news comes on a bleak day for staff at banks - as the Royal Bank of Scotland announced 3,500 job cuts, including IT.

Barclays said its cuts are part of "essential changes" it is making in order to be "as effective and efficient as possible". It insisted that it will "make every effort to mitigate compulsory redundancies", including by opening a voluntary redundancy register for staff.

The Unite trade union said some of the roles will be offshored to Lithuania.

David Fleming, national officer at Unite, described the cuts as "a New Year's blow for the staff". He added: "Unite has strongly opposed the sending of some of this work to Lithuania, when there are already highly trained workers carrying out this work."

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model