RBS Said to Cut 450 Service Jobs as It Narrows Focus in U.K.

Royal Bank of Scotland Chief Executive Officer Ross McEwan Interview

Ross McEwan.

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is cutting 450 service jobs as it retrenches its operations in the U.K., a person familiar with the plans said Sunday.

“As RBS becomes a smaller UK-focused bank, we are restructuring our support services to better align with the business we are becoming,” according to an e-mailed statement from the bank that didn’t include any job figures. “These changes unfortunately mean some job losses.”

Chief Executive Officer Ross McEwan is cutting thousands of jobs and shedding assets around the world as he attempts to resume dividends for the first time since the bank’s 45.5 billion-pound ($66.5 billion) taxpayer-funded bailout in 2008. Low interest rates and slowing economic growth are pushing him and other bank executives to take out more costs to maintain profitability.

The job cuts were reported earlier Sunday by the Financial Times.

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