UK: 900 jobs axed at credit card centre

Almost 1,000 jobs will be lost with the closure of a UK credit card call centre, it was announced today.

Barclays is proposing to close the Goldfish call centre in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, with the loss of 900 jobs.

The credit card business’s head office in London, which has 90 full-time employees, is also to shut.

But the bank said efforts would be made to find the workers at the Canary Wharf office alternative roles.

The move comes three months after the bank bought the Goldfish credit card business.

Employees were told of the decision today and will continue to work at the Cumbernauld centre during a consultation period, which will last up to three months while the work is transferred.

Efforts would be made to assist the hundreds of workers who lose their jobs to find new employment, the company said.

Amer Sajed, managing director of UK Cards at Barclaycard, said there would be a “comprehensive package of advice and support” for those affected.

He added: “We consider that this is the right strategy in the context of the highly competitive industry in which we operate.”

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