Yorkshire Building Society taking on 120 people at headquarters

YORKSHIRE Building Society provided some welcome relief on the employment front yesterday when it announced plans to recruit another 120 people at its Bradford base.

The mutually owned lender is leasing new office space to accommodate its growing business.

The Yorkshire is now the UK’s second-biggest building society after a series of deals with smaller mutuals since the financial crisis struck. These include mergers with Barnsley in 2008, Chelsea in 2010 and Norwich & Peterborough this month. It has also acquired the Egg mortgage and savings book and brand.

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Andy Caton, corporate development director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the society and we feel very positive as we look to the future as a strong and stable business which is offering customers a real alternative to high street banks.

“We place high importance on the quality of our customer service and our recruitment of new staff reflects our continuing commitment to this priority.

“We value our Yorkshire roots and are pleased to be creating more jobs and supporting the local economy.” The Yorkshire has 224 branches and 90 agencies, assets of £33bn, more than 3,800 staff and 3.5 million members.

Bradford councillor David Green said: “This is great news for Bradford and reflects the continued growth of one of our highest-profile employers.”