Thursday, December 4, 2008

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More financial services IT jobs cut


IT Job cuts in the UK financial services sector are continuing as companies get themselves ready for worsening economic conditions.

HSBC will cut another 500 jobs and Swiss banking giant credit Suisse has announced 650 UK jobs to go. Both announcements include IT jobs cuts.

Banks have been reducing staff numbers. They see IT and back office functions as surplus to requirements when business levels fall.

HSBC cut 1,100 jobs in its investment banking division in September including 500 front and back office jobs in London.

Credit Suisse, which made a loss in the third quarter of this year of £704m, has announced 650 job cuts including IT support functions.

"Due to market conditions and projected staffing levels required to meet client needs, we are reducing headcount by approximately 650 in the UK," said Credit Suisse.

Citigroup plans to cut its global workforce by 52,000 jobs across all businesses and geographies in the near future. Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit revealed last month that the bank would cut 20% of its employees at the group.

A Citigroup spokeswoman said half of the job cuts will come from the sale of business units. The company had earlier announced 18,000 job cuts when it sold its Global Services unit in India to Tata Consultancy Services for £300m.

Pandit said earlier this year that it was feasible for the bank to take 10%, 15% or 20% off its cost base, especially in IT and operations.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to make thousands of job cuts as it comes to terms with the economic slowdown. According to various reports last month, up to 3,000 jobs will be cut in the bank's global banking and markets divisions.

Barclays is also expected to cut IT jobs at its FirstPlus loans business as it closes to new business. It will keep its IT infrastructure to process existing customer loans, but is scaling it back.


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