Barclays gives 35,000 staff pay boost to ease cost-of-living burden

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Barclays bank is seen on glass lamps outside of a branch of the bank in the City of London financial district in London

LONDON (Reuters) -Barclays is giving 35,000 of its staff in Britain a 1,200 pound ($1,450) annual pay rise to help to ease the impact of the cost of living crisis, the bank said on Thursday.

The pay rise – which brings forward part of the bank’s annual pay review – will apply to staff in customer-facing, branch and junior support roles and take effect from August 1, it said.

Employee union Unite welcomed the pay rise, saying it was preferable to staff getting a one-off payment.

Employers are facing increasing pressure to help mitigate the impact of price rises on staff, with inflation in Britain hitting a 40-year record of 9.1% last month.

Barclays’ rival Lloyds gave the vast majority of its staff a one-off 1,000 pound payment to help staff cope with the soaring cost of living earlier this month.

Barclays’ annual pay review would normally come into effect in March next year. The remainder of the pay review will still take place, the bank said.

($1 = 0.8260 pounds)

(Reporting By Iain Withers and Sinead Cruise; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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