Barclays axes 50 from comms team

Barclays is axing around 50 jobs in its corporate affairs department as part of a drive to improve efficiency and business focus.

It will make one in six of the bank's 300-strong corporate affairs team redundant by the end of this month.

The move comes as director of corporate affairs Stephen Whitehead ushers in a 'cluster' structure, carving up comms responsibilities to cover UK banking, international retail and commercial banking, and  'wealth' (PRWeek, 3 March).

The cull affects positions in internal comms, event management and local community liaison. But Whitehead added that some of the cuts would be achieved through scrapping current vacancies, and natural attrition.

One vacancy that has not been lost is that of PR director.

Independent on Sunday business editor Jason Nissé is to take over the post vacated this month by Chris Tucker after 17 years.

Tucker was responsible for a 12-strong team handling group media relations and Barclays' relationship with the financial press.

Nissé has been IoS business editor since the end of 1999 and has worked in business and finance journalism for 20 years.

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