Deutsche Bank plans to slash workforce by a quarter - Reuters

Deutsche Bank plans to slash workforce by a quarter - Reuters

Deutsche Bank is bidding to reduce its workforce by a quarter, slashing 23,000 jobs, many of them technology-related, according to Reuters.

Citing "financial sources", Reuters says that the German giant's new chief executive John Cryan set out preliminary plans for the layoffs to the supervisory board at the weekend.

Looking to cut costs, Cryan is understood to have set his sights mainly on the 20,000-odd jobs in technology and back office operations that process transactions and work orders for staff dealing with clients, says Reuters.

Thousands more positions will be eliminated through the spinoff of PostBank, which employees around 15,000 people.

Comments: (3)

Andy Hunter
Andy Hunter - Perficiam Ltd - London 15 September, 2015, 08:191 like 1 like It's compelling to believe that culling back office staff can reduce costs without impacting service. It's all too easy, however, to lose the expertise that makes things work. Banks which have made this error find it difficult to effect changes and even harder to recover when things go wrong. Persistent failures, for example in payment services, soon create customer dissatisfaction and loss of business. Deutsche must ensure this move doesn't damage its operational capability and thus its reputation.
A Finextra member
A Finextra member 15 September, 2015, 09:121 like 1 like

This is going to be the situation for most large banks. They have spent massive amounts on technology that in theory should remove a lot of paper shuffeling. One can only wonder why they haven't slowly reduced staff a long time ago. Sacking people in large numbers is not painless and good staff (Especially those working with technology) are likely to move from the negative thinking and into more positive organisations.

Gerard Hergenroeder
Gerard Hergenroeder - Payments Shark - Millersvile 15 September, 2015, 15:242 likes 2 likes

As a former banker I was told I had to cut operating expenses. The outcome was not pretty. The good people will leave first. The bank will be left with third stringers with a labor union attitude. Good luck on this.