DUBLIN Nov 11 Permanent tsb, the banking unit of Irish Life & Permanent IPM.I, is offering staff up to 35,000 euros ($45,140) to take "career breaks" in a bid to cut costs, the company said on Tuesday.
"This is a flexible response to manage our staff costs over the coming years and one where both the company and staff can benefit," a spokesman said, confirming a report in the Irish Times newspaper.
The bank offered employees up to 20,000 euros for a two-year career break and up to 35,000 euros for a three-year break, the paper said, adding it would appeal to younger employees among the bank's 2,500 staff.
Bancassurance group Irish Life & Permanent IPM.L, which will release a trading update on Wednesday, in August reported a 7 percent fall in first-half earnings and predicted that full-year group operating profit would fall around 10 percent. (Reporting by Andras Gergely; Editing by David Holmes)