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HSBC is cutting 460 advisers over RDR

HSBC Holdings is cutting 700 jobs in its UK retail banking arm, including 460 financial planning managers across the UK.

The bank says it is making the changes because of a drop in demand for its advice service due to the retail distribution review.

HSBC says around 1,500 advisers will remain in the retail banking division following the cuts and the bank insists it will not go down the same route as Barclays, which closed its entire financial advice arm in January.

HSBC says the restructure will see more than 50 additional senior financial planning adviser roles and 50 more mortgage adviser roles created.

The bank has 55,000 staff in the UK. Other jobs to go as part of the cuts include 140 staff in the bank’s service delivery area and 100 roles in IT operations, HR, finance and compliance.

In June, HSBC announced it will close its long-term care advice arm to new business as it “no longer forms part of the group’s strategic direction”.

HSBC UK deputy chief executive Joe Garner says: “These decisions have only been made after careful thought and consideration for our people, the longterm business needs and the economic environment. We will work extremely closely with all those colleagues affected by today’s announcement so that we can try to find them altern-ative roles, thereby minimising the number of people who leave the HSBC Group.”

Evolve Financial Planning director Jason Witcombe says: “It is good news for IFAs in that there will be less competition. HSBC has obviously done a lot of research into how much it would have to charge clients for advice and thought it appropriate to make such cutbacks.”


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  1. Tim Hattersley 8th July 2011 at 11:53 am

    This decision is totally understandable as the banks seek to reshape their offerings to match what their retail customers really want which is to be advised in financial matters using blended delivery mediums not just face to face. No doubt HSBC will use this decision to make financial products more accessible on-line and via suitably qualified telephone based support teams.
    Tim Hattersley MD and Principal The DSW Financial Services Academy

  2. Carrie-Ann Woodgate 27th April 2012 at 12:28 am

    Can it not be argued that by this decision, they are only offering financial advice to those who are more profitable(high earners, large liquidity or investable assets).

    What happens to the people who really need financial advice on protection, investments and savings, those who need a guiding hand who are not internet savvy or academic or older. Those who need a face to face service, the rich will get the advice, the middle will get some numpty on the phone with no comeback and the poor can be ripped off, conned or left to struggle through the muddle of jargon and small print!

    When did financial advice become elitist? Those that need it the most get no access! Barclays offer no advice, no HSBC, No CIS – where does the man in the street get the care and consideration? Is this treating customers fairly?

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