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Standard Chartered Bank to lay off about 200 employees in India

When contacted, a Standard Chartered Bank spokesperson confirmed the downsizing

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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A woman walks down the stairs of the Standard Chartered headquarters in Hong Kong

British lender has downsized employee strength in the country by 200 as digital banking alternatives gain steam, sources said Thursday.

The downsizing is majorly in retail vertical, largely due to the reduced need for people manning operations in face of the cheaper digital alternatives, they said.

The bank's overall strength in India has now reduced to 7,300 people, the sources said.

When contacted, a spokesperson confirmed the downsizing.

"We have been working on multiple initiatives, including digitisation, to drive result of this transition, a small number of Retail Banking roles have fallen away," he said.

The sources said 85 per cent of the payment transactions, over 80 per cent of the overall banking transactions by the 24-35 age group and 83 per cent of the application onboarding is presently being done digitally.

The spokesperson said that retail banking in the country is "core to strategic ambitions and growth plans".

As the number of roles go down, the bank is working closely on existing opportunities, fair separation packages and offering outplacement services, he said.

The bank joins a string of foreign lender peers which have either cut business presence in the country or laid off employees.

Among others, British financial giant HSBC has announced to halve the total number of branches in Asia's third largest economy as digital streams gain currency.

First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 23:05 IST