Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 3-Jan-18
Australia’s big four banks reduced their full-time employee numbers by just under 1,500 in 2017. However, banking analysts suggest that Westpac, the National Australia Bank, the ANZ Bank, and the Commonwealth Bank will be a lot more active in 2018 in terms of job shedding, with an overall reduction of 20,000 full-time employees seen as likely. Victor German from Macquarie says he had thought the big four might have been a bit more active in 2017 in terms of job cuts, while he urged them not to rely on natural attrition to get employee numbers down.
WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CLSA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, COLONIAL FIRST STATE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, COMMINSURE