April 24, 2009

Mixed news on the insurance jobs front this week as RSA said it plans to axe 500 roles in Bristol and Swinton said it would be taking on 250 at its Norwich-based call centre.

Don’t be surprised then to see massed herds of insurance workers migrating eastwards across the plains of southern and central England.

RSA has apparently had enough of former slavery-tobacco-sherry hub Bristol and plans to release almost all of its workers there by the middle of next year.

The move comes as part of the insurer’s previously announced £70m cost-cutting exercise, set to see 1,200 jobs go in total.

RSA said it was fully committed to helping its staff find alternative employment and will provide assistance in the form of CV preparation, workshops, liaison with local employers, and access to specialist consultants ‚ though no specific mention is made of a bus service to Norwich.

Adrian Brown, RSA UK CEO said “Our people are highly skilled and we will give them all the support we can to help them find new jobs.”

Swinton, meanwhile is looking to bring in hundreds of new staff, from outbound sales advisors to team managers, to take the tally at its Norwich office to around the 400 mark.

Call centre director Kelly Ogley, said: “Swinton has been experiencing tremendous growth over the past few years, and this current recruitment drive is testament to the company’s success.

“The Norwich call centre is a great place to work,” she enthused, “with lots of staff incentives and team competitions as well as offering great opportunities for career development.”

Bristolian ears set twitching by these enticing words may droop again on recollecting that Norwich Union recently announced plans to cut more than a thousand jobs at Norwich Union Life.


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