HSBC Said to Start 2,000 Job Cuts in Commercial Banking Unit

  • Cuts come after HSBC said it would shed 50,000 roles in June
  • Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank also cutting thousands of jobs

A HSBC bank branch in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

HSBC Holdings Plc is eliminating 2,000 jobs in its commercial bank as part of a plan to cut costs, according to a person briefed on the matter.

The reductions began last week and are expected to take two years, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing personnel matters. The cuts are part of a three-year program unveiled by Europe’s largest bank in June to shrink its workforce by some 50,000 and lower annual costs by as much as $5 billion. Sky News reported the commercial bank’s cuts earlier Monday.

Chief Executive Officer Stuart Gulliver, 56, is seeking to pare back a sprawling global network by shutting money-losing businesses and eliminating jobs as he pushes to improve earnings amid surging compliance costs. Other major European lenders from Credit Suisse Group AG to Deutsche Bank AG are cutting thousands of jobs as they battle to adapt to tougher regulatory demands on capital.

"As flagged in our investor update, we have targeted significant cost reductions by the end of 2017, and we continually review and manage our overall headcount requirements," said Heidi Ashley, a company spokeswoman.

The stock fell 1 percent to 529.8 pence at 8:48 a.m. in London trading on Tuesday. HSBC has slumped 13 percent this year, compared with a 40 percent decline at Standard Chartered Plc.

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