Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding

6,800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 February 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that it is to cut 2,300 of its 106,000 UK jobs. The job cuts will come from amongst back office staff rather than customer facing employees, and they are being made as the bank attempts to reduce its costs. As of 15 February 2009 the bank has not announced when or at which sites these jobs will be lost.

Update: 7 April 2009: Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that it is to cut a further 4,500 jobs in the UK. The job losses will be based in the firm's back office operations. The location of the job losses have not yet been announced by the firm, and it is likely that the location of the job losses and the number of compulsory redundancies involved will be determined at local levels after negotiations with trade unions. The announced job losses are a result of financial problems that the firm has faced over the previous 6 months. A spokesperson for the UK general trade union Unite stated,

'Unite is appalled that thousands of people, who form the backbone of the RBS operations, are to be made redundant. These employees are totally blameless for the current position which RBS is in, yet they are paying for the mistakes at the top of the bank.'


  • 7 April 2009: BBC News
  • 10 February 2009: The Guardian
  • 10 February 2009: BBC News ()


Eurofound (2009), Royal Bank of Scotland, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 68168, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68168.