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Australia | Finance Industry Has Lost 3k Jobs in the first 4 months of 2012

A shocking 3000 jobs have been lost in Australia’s finance industry in the first four months of the year according to the National Secretary of the Financial Services Union. Though the majority of these jobs were lost in the first six weeks of the year, with the announcement from the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd stating that they would lay off an additional 1000 throughout the rest of the year. Just last week it was announced that 230 will be laid off before the end of April.

The loss of these jobs will impact the financial services industry for several years according to analysts and could event effect the next generation of finance workers. Australian banks have announced all of these job cuts as a way to cut costs and send many of their support services off shore. There is slowing loan growth throughout the country and dwindling margins which are also having a negative effect on the banking industry. Up to 7000 jobs could go in the next two years if this continues…


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Australia | Bankers face axe as jobs go overseas

AUSTRALIA’S banks could cull 7000 staff in the next two years as they scramble to slash costs and send more jobs overseas.

A report by one of the country’s main finance houses says the banks have hired too many staff in the past decade but that trend will reverse as they capitalise on technological advances and send more jobs to India and other lower-cost countries.

And economists say Sydney workers will be hit particularly hard, with half the businesses in Australia’s financial sector based in the city.

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