Barclays plans 2,500 new jobs in Glasgow

Barclays has unveiled plans to create up to 2,500 jobs at a new hub in Glasgow, in a major boost to Scotland's financial services sector.

The bank will house its technology, functions and operations teams at a campus at the planned Buchanan Wharf development on the banks of the Clyde.

Barclays said it would "play a pivotal role" in its "long-term strategic priorities".

The move would double Barclays' current workforce in Scotland.

Barclays has agreed to purchase the campus development from Drum Property Group and is currently finalising the design of the new facility as part of the wider Buchanan Wharf development.

The bank's existing Scottish operations are expected to start transferring to the new campus from 2021.

Scottish Enterprise has agreed to provide a grant of £12.75m towards the project.

The offer requires that at least 42% of the new jobs are of "high value", with at least 341 posts made available for disadvantaged workers or those who have a disability.

The development will make the bank one of Glasgow's largest commercial employers.

Paul Compton, chief operating officer at Barclays, said: "The Glasgow campus, alongside others in Whippany, New Jersey, and Pune, India, is part of a global strategy to create world-class facilities for our functions, technology and operations teams.

"This new campus at Buchanan Wharf is a flagship project for the bank, which builds on Barclays' long history in Scotland and clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting the UK economy."

Transformational

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the project would be "transformational for Glasgow".

She added: "The new campus will strengthen Glasgow's financial services sector and shows Scotland continues to be a highly attractive location for inward investment.

"I am particularly pleased that as part of this investment, Barclays has committed to employing local people who often face barriers into work, including those with disabilities and young people."

Paul Lewis, from Scottish Enterprise, said: "This investment establishes Glasgow as a key global site for Barclays, providing a platform for growth whilst also securing existing operations in Scotland.

"It will breathe new life into a part of the city with huge potential and bring significant new jobs, including employment specifically for disadvantaged workers."

Buchanan Wharf is a major mixed-use scheme currently being developed by Drum Property Group.

Drum managing director Graeme Bone said the project was "setting a new benchmark for large scale development across Scotland"

He added: "Our development will be one of Scotland's largest single-site construction projects, bringing together over a million square feet of prime Grade A office space with residential accommodation, and an exciting mix of amenities and landscaped public spaces."

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