March 26, 2020 / 1:49 PM / in 12 days

HSBC delays job cuts in face of coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: HSBC logo is seen on a branch bank in the financial district in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC has said it is delaying the “vast majority” of its planned redundancies to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a memo sent to staff seen by Reuters said.

“Because of the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to pause, for the time being, the vast majority of redundancies associated with this programme where notices have not already been issued,” HSBC CEO Noel Quinn said.

“We will also pause external recruitment, other than for a small number of front-line and business critical roles and those already with written offers.”

Quinn, who was confirmed in the top role earlier this month, had previously planned to cut about 35,000 jobs as part of an overhaul of Europe’s largest bank by assets.

The memo was earlier reported on by IFR and the Financial Times.

Reporting by Sinead Cruise, Writing by Iain Withers; Editing by Rachel Armstrong

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