Legal and General to shed a further 560 jobs

Legal and General has announced it will cut another 560 jobs, just months after stating 450 positions would need to be axed in back-office functions.

Jobs will be cut in processing centres throughout the UK, although only 300 of the redundancies will be full-time staff. The remaining 260 roles to go will be temporary and agency workers.

In March, the financial services firm announced that up to 450 back-office roles would go as part of a drive to reduce the full-time head-count by 10% this year. At the time the firm said the cuts could include HR roles.

A Legal & General spokesman said they had entered into consultation about the cuts. “Potential redundancies are being driven by changing business demand and operational efficiencies,” he told Personnel Today. “We will keep any redundancies to a minimum and will try to find suitable alternative employment for staff affected.”

The firm employs 8,200 staff, and the latest round of cuts takes the number of full-time roles lost to 750, just shy of 10%. The spokesman would not rule out further job cuts.

Rob MacGregor, national officer at union Unite, said: “We have challenged Legal & General on the impact that this significant staff reduction will have on their plans for recovery following the current downturn,” he said.

“The union is calling on the financial services sector to ensure that they do not simply take short-term decisions to cut staff, without consideration for future levels of service and their ability to recover from the recession.”

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