Barclays to axe at least 3,700 jobs

SCANDAL-hit banking giant Barclays today said it was axing at least 3,700 jobs under a strategic overhaul, but revealed it was paying £1.85bn in bonuses to staff.

Chief executive Antony Jenkins is shutting the bank’s controversial Structured Capital Markets tax advisory division and said 1,800 jobs would go in corporate and investment banking and another 1,900 across its European retail and business arm as part of a plan to slash costs by £1.7bn.

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Nearly £2.5bn of cash set aside to cover mis-selling compensation claims contributed to a plunge in pre-tax profits to £246m in 2012 from £5.9bn the previous year.

Its bonus pot will mean each employee gets £13,300 on average, with an average of £54,100 for investment banking staff, although the pool is lower than the £2.2bn paid out last year.