Barclays Fires 12,000; Reports Horrible Earnings, Awards Itself Bigger Bonuses

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It is not easy for one bank to anger more people with one announcement than what Barclays did in the past 24 hours. In one fell swoop, the British bank infuriated shareholders after announcing dismal earnings (an adjusted Q4 profit of about 200 million pounds and a statutory profit of less than 100 million as investment banking income slumped 37% as income fell 9% to 10.7 billion due to a fall in fixed income, and it took further charges related to a cleanup of the banking industry in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis) which sent the share price sliding, it then pissed off UK workers and taxpayers after it announced it would hike investment bank bonuses by 13% despite the abovementioned profit slump, and finally it crushed 9% of its workforce, or 12,000 workers, who are set to prepare pink slips as the bank "streamlines."

Barclays said 820 senior roles would go, and half of those were cut at the investment bank in the last two weeks. It cut 7,650 jobs last year, including 1,400 in the investment bank, as part of a restructuring unveiled a year ago by Jenkins to cut 1.7 billion pounds of annual costs. There were 139,600 Barclays employees by the end of the year.

More from Reuters:

Stepping up efforts to cut costs, Barclays said up to 9 percent of employees could go, including 7,000 in Britain, where half of the affected staff had already been notified. The cuts are not concentrated in any single business area.


Britain's third-biggest bank said it paid 2.4 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) in incentive awards last year after raising bonuses at the investment bank by 13 percent despite a slump in profits from the business. The average bonus across the investment bank's 26,200 staff was 60,100 pounds.


The combination of lay-offs and fatter bonuses drew indignation from Britain's biggest labor union.


"The culture change the bank promised will be less than skin deep if those at the top still hoover up obscene amounts of money while workers in call centers and branches struggle by on low wages and face the persistent pressure of job insecurity," said Ciaran Naidoo of Unite the Union.

Under fire, Barclay's new CEO Anthony Jenkins was forced to defend the bonus hike decision, saying the bank had to recruit the best staff to compete with global rivals and continued to have "constructive" talks with investors over pay. "We need to recruit people from Singapore to San Francisco. We need the best people in the bank to drive long-term sustainable returns for our shareholders," Jenkins told reporters on a conference call. "I understand that there will be some (people) who feel that this decision is the wrong one for Barclays. But it is the decision of the board and myself that this entirely is the right decision for the group and in the long-term interests of shareholders," he said.

Finally, it wouldn't be a bank if it didn't blame someone. Sure enough, as we predicted would happen in 2009 after the backlash against HFT and vacuum tubes became instituionalized, that someone is "technology":

Jenkins said banking was going through a "100-year transformation" as technology and cost pressures reshape the industry, and he was optimistic that Barclays was well set for a "pivotal" 2014.

Well, time to hire some algos then: we hear they are easy on the contract negotiations. Or, failing that, the bank can just appoint "a junior trader as interim head of its London spot foreign exchange desk, illustrating a thinning out of the ranks after a torrent of traders has departed or been suspended amid a global probe into alleged market manipulation."

And just like that, the E-trade babies - with zero non-ZIRP world experience - and their collocated toys, have literally taken over the banking asylum.

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GetZeeGold's picture



Barclays Fires 12,000


Unemployment drops to 4.6%

Mister Kitty's picture

In the words of Lloyd Blankfein, they are merely doing God's work.  Creating new markets for welfare and food stamps.  Bastards.

Peter Pan's picture

As the middle class gets destroyed the banks will find the ground beneath their feet starting to disappear more and more.

Stuart's picture

Where's Cromwell when you need him again, and he is needed.

Peter Pan's picture

To which I would add:

Turn again Whittington
O worthy citizen

SWRichmond's picture

The combination of lay-offs and fatter bonuses drew indignation from Britain's biggest labor union.

Does anyone besides me remember Chain Saw Jack?

STP's picture

Oh yeah!  Jack Dunlap, of Sunbeam fame, professional CEO/dickhead loved by Wall Street, for his ability to come into a troubled company, fire everybody, sell off the assets, leaving it an empty shell and call it a good thing.

MisterMousePotato's picture

I believe that, too, was the reason Mitt Romney appealed to so many Republicans.

TheReplacement's picture

No but I remember this Chainsaw.  He'd wipe that thing out in the bars when doing a show.  Was AWESOME!


Rafferty's picture

Chain Saw Jack.  Yeah, he was a 'genius', wasn't he?

PT's picture

... and then they will have to sack even more workers and pay out even more bonuses.

I agree that the world needs less bankers but I'm quite sure they sacked the wrong ones.  If they had have been a bit more savvy then they could have sacked different bankers and saved themselves 2.4 billion pounds in bonuses alone! 

Stuart's picture

I'll keep an eye out for newspaper headlines about Barclay bankers that include revelations what floors they worked on. 

PT's picture

...~ "an adjusted Q4 profit of 200 million pounds", "statutory profit of 100 million pounds" and bonuses of 2.4 billion.  Am I ignorant or are the shareholders missing out, just a little bit?

Urban Redneck's picture

Look at it this way, the big banks biggest shareholders are their own competitors (other banks), so if you return copious amounts of cash to your shareholders, you are in effect subsidizing you competition's bonus pool and facilitating your own shareholders poaching your best staff from you.

It's best to simply not be an "investor" in banks.

(depositors being among a bank's investors)

PT's picture

Aaaaaahhh, of course.  Thank you.

max2205's picture

No interest for You!....interest nazi

dbTX's picture

Peter Pan, One can only hope so.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

"That's why we're richer than you!"

- Bob Diamond, Rich Ricci, Jerry del Missier, Marcus Agius and Antony Jenkins.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Everyone agrees that the Middle Class is getting wiped out, right?  Well, there's a name for a society that has no Middle Class to speak of and we had it for many centuries:

FEUDALISM, MFers.  Welcome to FEUDALISM 2.0.

StychoKiller's picture

Sigh, if only some enterprising Captain would lob a few photon torpedoes into the City of London, NYC, Washington DC, maybe Paris...(it's for the best!)

EastCoast90's picture

Since the banks are owned by the international banking cartel I don't think they care, they just want to complete one last big wealth grab before they close up shop and hit the road.

knukles's picture

Success of the Progressives
More people enjoying more enriching time to pursue intellectual activities!

Quick, scoop a up million illegal immigrants. Put them on 5 hour weeks, no medical costs, apply for more bailouts and we'll be swimming in rescue funds.

Blowjobs all around boys!

Headbanger's picture

Who gives a shit about these leaches anyway?

Pure Evil's picture

Hey, as long as we're all getting free blowjobs, life is good.

Just make sure the one's giving the blowjobs aren't transgendered midgets that supply porn to the SEC.

EscapeKey's picture

anyone who has to deal with the inevitable consequences of their actions?

thestarl's picture

And they seem content to shove it up our arses and watch the whole thing burn these motherfuckers

thestarl's picture

But eventually these cunts are going to burn with us and those of us that are left will i repeat do them fucking slow and show these CUNTS no mercy whatsoever

BandGap's picture

What a crock of shit. They fire people and then tell us they had to hand out huge bonuses in order to recruit? How fucking stupid do they think we are?

They got the bonuses because they see the shitstorm coming and they know they have to load up. They have their bags packed for the lifeboats leaving the Titanic. Should be fun to watch and see how many rats they can pack aboard when the water starts rising. Hope the seas aren't too rough.

And Mr. Kitty, I really could give a shit about your day and what you ate.

PS - I had a floater this morning.

EscapeKey's picture

What are you talking about?

"No-one could possibly have predicted it". That will be the often repeated mantra. And who are we to argue with a man in a very nice suit?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

My only question is:  So, when do they 'dance', Hangman Style?

booboo's picture

"You may want to put some Ice on that"

Bill Clinton to Yunita Brodrick after assaulting her.

SAT 800's picture

Barclays is in the same condition as one of those crappy British Generals in WW11 who lost his whole Tank Division; they should just give them a pistol and leave them in their room to do "the honorable thing".  T wenty minutes unti lthe STAWK market starts going up and down and sideways, and I'm sitting on nins and peedles because I'm already somewhat wrong on my short. I hope the muppets find something to temper their enthusiasm.

Superdude's picture

Not gonna happen. The gap between elites and others is really starting to show, which is not good. I don't know what's next, but smart slave owners were the ones that gave hope to the workers for a night on the porch. We're fighting for the next piece of crap from apple, meanwhile the owners are not letting go of their endless profits. Workers have to have incentives for owners to keep the peace. Firing 1200 while giving a bigger bonus is not creating the kind of incentive in workers that will end well for barclays. They might have the current government bought and paid for, but when the masses get pissed off and link up in a mob run on emotion, all bets are off. It's at that point that numbers count. Plus those in power currently have graciously trained many of the working class to kill and operate lethal equipment. Their buddies have sold lower class means to aide in the destruction of the owners. 

StychoKiller's picture

You walk into the rigged casino(s), then bitch about getting ripped off -- WTF?

Proofreder's picture

@ fonestar:

What was once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, appeared near collapse, the latest symbol of the woes facing early players in the world of virtual currencies. A few days after cutting off withdrawals for customers, Mt. Gox said on Monday that its problems were a result of a fundamental flaw in the computer program that underlies Bitcoin.

fonestar = fail

Ignatius's picture

"...Mt. Gox said on Monday that its problems were a result of a fundamental flaw in the computer program that underlies Bitcoin."

That's what I'd say if my business failed.

fonzannoon's picture

can we all fuck off with the bitcoin stuff for one thread please?

12k bankers just lost their jobs. a few bank tellers may lose a fight with a nail gun today.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Banks don't have tellers anymore, they have "junior inquisitors".

Proofreder's picture

And a whole lot of "trainees",

fresh-faced weenies wearing badges and goofy smiles.

Pure Evil's picture

Phonestar was probably running Mt. Gox and was trolling as many websites as possible to direct as many sheep into his shearing pen before the whole thing collapsed.

Cellphonestar = Madoff

BurningFuld's picture

Under fire, Barclay's new CEO Anthony Jenkins was forced to defend the bonus hike decision, saying the bank had to recruit the best staff to compete with global rivals and continued to have "constructive" talks with investors over pay. "We need to recruit people from Singapore to San Francisco. We need the best people in the bank to drive long-term sustainable returns for our shareholders," Jenkins told reporters on a conference call.


Top criminal con men do NOT come cheap Ladies and Gentlemen.  Did I say that out loud?

Mad Mohel's picture

"12K bankers lost their jobs" = WHO GIVES A FUCK? Let them rot for what they participated in.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

now, if its 12,000 bankers shoot themselves with nail the back of the head....then I'm all ears....just walking out unscathed, who cares.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What happened after the next-to-last btc crash?   And the one before that?

firstdivision's picture

The transparency of the BTC exchanges is about as transparent as the OTC ABS market.  Valued the same way as well.

LawsofPhysics's picture

In the interest of simply sharing information.  I know of at least one very intelligent computer science person with an MBA who was hired by JPM to make sure "they have a substantial position in cryptocurrencies".  It is what it is.   The issue of moral hazard remains, bitcoin/litecoin does nothing to fix or address that.  When the TBTF banks are broken up, the Fed has been ended, and half of the executives from the financial world are rotting in prison along with their political puppets, then things might have changed.  Until then you only need to know one rule; When fraud is the status quo, possession is the law.

BandGap's picture

JPM needs skin in the game. They don't have any more gold or silver. Cryptocurrencies are their substitute.

They are the perfect medium for merging all currencies, and they circumvent the arguement concerning precious metals and true worth. They keep the ponzi going. . This is also in line with what the US is doing, they have no more gold. I can see the US (might makes right) forcing the rest of the world, or at least making the case for it, to accept this "new" currency.

LawsofPhysics's picture

They might not have PMs, but they do have back door access to a printer and can therefore purchase as much cryptocurrency as they like.  Anyone else catch that 11-billion dollar REPO, right after bitcoin plunged?