Barclays cuts more IT jobs
Contractors and permies to go
Barclays is laying off another 400 IT staff whose "roles and responsibilities are unclear".
This time the 150 permanent jobs and 250 contractors will go from Global Infrastructure and Service Delivery.
Most of the jobs will go from Radbroke Hall in Cheshire and London but there will be some losses at the Poole and Northampton offices.
An internal email from Jim Ditmore, global director of GISD, and Unite national secretary Keith Brookes, which was sent to the Register said: "We jointly understand that these job losses occur in the eye of a recession and are not desired or welcome."
The email said the rationale for the restructure was to better integrate and consolidate teams, reduce management layers and bureaucracy and improve performance thanks to a better structure. The bank also said it focussed on cutting contractors first and hoped to use voluntary redundancies whereever possible. The Barclays staffer who sent us the newsletter complained that the department was already working flat out because previous cutbacks had left them seriously under-staffed.
Barclays sent us the following statement:
“Barclays continually reviews its operations and resources so that it functions as efficiently as possible as business needs and customer requirements evolve.
As part of this process, we have identified some aspects of our technology operations where the organisational structure impedes performance, and roles and responsibilities for colleagues are unclear. In some cases, roles are obsolete or being duplicated elsewhere within the bank.
This will affect around 400 positions: 150 permanent staff and 250 contractors. All of the roles affected are UK-based, principally in Cheshire and London. None of the roles are being off-shored.
We will, of course, take all possible measures to mitigate compulsory redundancies through releasing contractors, closing vacancies and opening voluntary redundancy registers. Affected employees will be given the opportunity to apply for other roles within Barclays. We would work with the individuals affected and offer them one-to-one support to minimise the impact. Barclays has worked – and will continue to work – in partnership with Unite and has held regular meetings regarding the changes.”
Union Unite will be offering advice at Barclays UK sites from 8 January, the union did not return phone calls by press time. ®
note a surprise
I have had dealing with Barclays on the IT over the years, though my company and I can say I never come across such a badly organised (disorganised) set up made of to many It staff with their own little empires, that stop the any project moving forward even if the board decide it’s should go ahead. I am even surprised that they can get anything to work.
The only places I have seen that are as bad are the NHS and government departments so that should give you a idea of what I mean !
Can only improve their service if you ask me
Not only did they dump all my direct debit payments, causing me to become best friends with a debt collection company, but when I had them do a direct transfer to pay that company (also a Barclays account!) they lost the payment en route.
Now they're trying to find what they did with my money and get me out of the brown smelly with the debt company (who at least accept that it's a Barclays snafu and are not yet after my testicles with a thumbscrew).
(to this day Barclays say they have no awareness of my ever having had any direct debit payments, even though my statements have years worth of history of them going out regular as clockwork).
Joke icon as that's how I regard their banking services.
This is just par for the course for Barclays, the Reg finds out before the employees do.
My SO works in 1CP (London) in the IT dept there and at the moment he's not heard anything although the rumour mill is working overtime.
As usual with barclays...we wait.
...To see the reg finding out the numbers before we do... any further detail appreciated
RE: Time to withdraw your money and stuff your mattresses
Not a good idea considering we could see hyper-inflation in the UK. Swiss Francs looks like a safe bet.