Fears for Wicklow jobs as bank announces massive 1,400 cuts
There are fears over the future of several Wicklow jobs after Bank of Ireland announced it is to slash its workforce by 1,400.
The bank made the announcement after posting its half-yearly results. It said Covid-19 has had a hugely detrimental effect on its business and is set to continue to do so into the future.
The bank, which has eight branches in Wicklow, is seeking to reduce its workforce by more than 10%, reducing its overall employee headcount from 10,400 to 9,000 over the coming years.
It is not certain how these cuts will affect the staff at the branches on Arklow, Baltinglass, Bray, Carnew, Greystones, Rathdrum, Tinahely, and Wicklow Town. The bank said the initial savings will be achieved through a voluntary redundancy programme.
The bank yesterday confirmed pre-tax losses of €699 million for the first six months of 2020.