Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
BREAKING NEWS

Danske Bank stops hiring new staff amid higher compliance costs

Danske Bank stops hiring new staff amid higher compliance costs
FILE PHOTO: General view of the Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen -
Copyright
Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen(Reuters)
Euronews logo
Text size Aa Aa

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danske Bank <DANSKE.CO> has started a hiring freeze to cope with rising compliance costs and a tough business environment, the bank said on Thursday.

Danske Bank has been rocked by its involvement in a major money laundering scandal. It said last year it had channelled 200 billion euros of payments through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015, many of which the bank said were suspicious.

The bank said in February it would spend up to 2 billion Danish crowns (241.05 million pounds) to step up anti-money laundering efforts, such as improving IT systems and hiring compliance staff.

“The hiring freeze comes after we’ve seen higher compliance costs and costs related to our anti-money laundering efforts,” a spokesman said.

“This is part of our ongoing focus on costs, as we, like all other banks, are challenged by low interest rates and low margins,” he said.

The hiring freeze would not include critical positions such as regulatory jobs, the spokesman said. He did not say how much it would save on the hiring freeze or how long it would be in place.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Edmund Blair and Jane Merriman)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.