More than 7,000 finance jobs have left London for EU post brexit

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More than 7,000 finance jobs have moved from London to the EU as a result of Brexit, down 400 from the total anticipated in December, the consultants EY have said

While the total is well down on the 12,500 job moves forecast by firms in 2016, when Britain voted to leave the bloc, more could follow, EY said in its latest Brexit tracker.

EY said that new local hires linked to Brexit totalled 2,900 across Europe, and 2,500 in Britain, where just over 1 million people work in the financial services sector.

Further relocations could result from European Central Bank checks on whether Brexit hubs in the EU opened by banks that used London as their European base had sufficient staff to justify their new licences, EY said.

The Bank of England is scrutinising these to avoid banks in London being left with too few senior staff.

“Staff and operational moves across European financial markets will continue as firms navigate ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, post-pandemic dynamics and regulatory requirements,” Omar Ali, the EMEIA financial services leader at EY, said.

Dublin is the most popular destination for staff relocations and new hubs, followed by Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Paris.

EY said Paris scored highest in terms of attracting jobs from London, totalling 2,800, followed by Frankfurt at about 1,800, and Dublin with 1,200.

The transfer of assets from London to EU hubs remains about £1.3tn, EY said. It added that Brexit staff moves were part of a broader view of strategic business drivers and operating models.

Bankers have said privately that in the longer term, it may not make commercial sense to have big hubs in London and the EU.

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