Barclaycard offers redundant staff three months’ pay and job-seeking support

Barclaycard is to give employees at its Manchester call centre three months full pay and one-to-one support to find alternative employment when the centre closes on 16 July 2007.

Employees at itsPeterloo  site will continue to work until that date, when 630 jobs will be lost. After the closure, Barclaycard staff will be paid for a further three months which the bank said will help them find work.

Antony Jenkins, Barclaycard chief executive said global factors are behind the closure. Its operations at Peterloo House will be moved to Teeside and to its facilities in Mumbai and Delhi, India. "Decisions like these are never easy and we will be doing everything we can to support those affected," he said.

Steve Pantak, an official from the union Amicus, has condemned the closure and loss of jobs. "We have made our opposition to these moves very clear to the bank. We are, however, continuing to meet with the bank and do have robust agreements in place which will help to find alternative jobs for those affected elsewhere in Barclays.