Tesco Bank jobs at risk under Edinburgh office move

Tesco Bank today announced plans to close its offices next to Edinburgh's Haymarket railway station in a move that will affect 600 employees.

Tesco Bank employs about 1,900 staff in Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
Tesco Bank employs about 1,900 staff in Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow

The lender, owned by the UK’s biggest supermarket, said all its head office functions were being transferred to its headquarters at the city’s South Gyle business park.

But the move will see about 250 customer service roles in Edinburgh switched to the bank’s existing centres in Glasgow and Newcastle. Tesco Bank, led by chief executive Benny Higgins, currently employs about 600 staff at Haymarket, with a further 1,300 at South Gyle.

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A spokesman said: “Earlier this year we started to establish a new business structure to drive greater collaboration across the bank to ensure that we are in the best position possible to serve Tesco customers. To further embed this new structure, we have today informed colleagues that all head office functions will be situated at our Edinburgh South Gyle headquarters, and that we will close our Edinburgh Haymarket Yards office.

“We are making this move from a position of strength, integrating our Edinburgh colleagues in one location is an exciting new phase of our journey and will support our ambition to build an innovative, progressive and vibrant workplace environment for the bank.”

He added: “We are committed to consulting with colleagues affected by the proposed move of roles to Glasgow and Newcastle and will develop a range of measures to support them in this transition.”