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Barclays to restructure its department

Nick Huber

The jobs of hundreds of IT staff and contractors at Barclays bank are at risk under plans by the bank to restructure its main IT division, union Amicus Unifi has warned.

The bank has announced plans internally to integrate its IT division with its UK banking business. Barclay's IT division was run as a separate unit, under a decentralised business model.

There are around 8,500 IT and business staff in the IT division. Barclays outsourced its application development section to Accenture in June in a deal valued at more than £400m.

Amicus Unifi union has warned that the jobs of hundreds of IT staff and contractors at Barclays bank could be at risk under the plans. A spokesman for Barclays said the changes to the IT division were part of a company wide review of its operations announced last year.

He said that no decision had been taken about job losses and it was consulting IT staff. Keith Brookes, national secretary at Amicus Unifi said it was concerned that the consultation process over the business restructuring was being rushed. "I’m not sure that the bank has reflected deeply on their plans," he said.

In recent years Barclays bank has outsourced more of its IT than other banks, to the UK and offshore.

In August Barclays Bank announced that it will acquire a 50% stake from in Mumbai, India-based Intelenet Global Services, the business process outsourcing (BPO) arm of HDFC.


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