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UK finance job sackings and suspensions at five-year high
(Reuters) ^ | Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:08am GMT | By Kylie MacLellan

Posted on 01/14/2013 4:51:57 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin

Financial services staff sacked or suspended in Britain last year for wrongdoing or incompetence reached the highest level in five years, law firm Pinsent Masons said.

Citing figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request, Pinsent Masons said 1,373 individuals were dismissed or suspended from financial services jobs - as distinct from those who lost their jobs through general redundancy programmes - a 76 percent increase on the previous 12 months.

The finding comes after a succession of financial scandals and efforts by regulators to clamp down on misdemeanours.

Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulator, due to be replaced later this year, beefed up its efforts to tackle market abuse over the last few years, successfully prosecuting a number of high-profile insider dealing cases.

Last year saw a string of bank scandals, including mis-selling of financial products and the manipulation of global benchmark interest rates, as well as the prosecution of former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli for the biggest fraud in British history, which cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion.

"The FSA has increasingly shown that it is cracking down on financial crime and market abuse. Financial services firms are operating under increased scrutiny and as a result employers are imposing industry rules more strictly," said a London-based partner at Pinsent Masons.

The law firm said the 1,373 total was based on changes to the employment status of individuals who have to be authorised by the FSA, and included people disciplined for poor performance or sacked for other reasons, as well as for wrongdoing.

It also said the overall number of job losses in the financial sector had reached its highest level since 2008, with 36,868 people losing their jobs last year.

The total number of people who had left their posts over the past five years reached 177,697.

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