Barclay’s Glasgow jobs may not be secure claims BBC Scotland’s Business & Economy editor

Thousands of jobs announced by Barclay’s Bank, and destined for Glasgow, may not be secure according to BBC Scotland’s Business and Economy Editor, Douglas Fraser.

Appearing on the flagship evening news programme, Reporting Scotland, Fraser questioned the long term nature of many of the jobs insisting they could be replaced by machines.

The correspondent’s downbeat analysis followed news that Barclay’s Bank had chosen Glasgow as the location for its new technology, functions and operations teams.  The campus at the planned Buchanan Wharf development on the banks of the Clyde will result in the creation of 2,500 jobs.

The announcement followed discussions involving Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish government which will see the bank receive a grant of £12.75m towards the cost of the project.  The news was welcomed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who described it as “transformational for Glasgow”.

However BBC Scotland’s Business and Economy Editor, Douglas Fraser insisted the good news should also be treated with some caution.  In a studio set-piece exchange with colleague Jackie Bird, with both appearing to be trying to stifle smiling, Fraser was asked how secure the jobs were.

He replied: “It may be a bit premature to be warning about the jobs before they’ve even been recruited, but there is a serious point here that many thousands of jobs in finance and other professional services like accountancy are vulnerable to replacement by machines, by artificial intelligence.”

The artificial intelligence claim wasn’t the only negative point made by the BBC Scotland correspondent.  In an online article following the announcement, Fraser also appeared to suggest the reported 2,500 jobs was optimistic.

He wrote: “… the numbers are “up to 2,500 jobs”. And as some of them are being relocated from London and possibly elsewhere, Glasgow will still have to fight and make its case if that potential number is to be reached.”

He added that future recruits should: “Expect continuing employment churn.”

The comments from the senior BBC Scotland reporter will do little to dampen critics’ claims that the station goes out of its way to dampen anything that could reflect well on the SNP led Scottish government.  BBC Scotland chiefs consistently deny manipulating news and insist its output is fair and impartial.


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7 thoughts on “Barclay’s Glasgow jobs may not be secure claims BBC Scotland’s Business & Economy editor

  1. millie

    The dampening negativity from BBC Scotland is relentless- and will intensify when its new Scottish channel goes on air.

    The pro union campaign has already started. Most people on the pro independence side have not realised this yet. The pro independence side should not be waiting for an announcement from Sturgeon to get active. We should be campaigning NOW. We need to create the narrative, not be on the defensive with people like Kevin Hague.

    The BBC knows its target – they are masters of manipulation. They are quietly putting the anti independence blocks in place.

    The BBC has given ‘These Islands’ a platform, a profile, a narrative and a legitimacy. People are absorbing this. It is even linking to ‘These Islands’ site in articles on the BBC website. The BBC is enabling this organisation to become the new ‘Better Together’.

  2. John

    There’s always got to be a ‘but ‘ from BBC Scotland when it’s a good news story , for goodness sake cheer up , robots could be decades away in financial services , enjoy the opportunities when they are here . The BBC in Scotland really , really do have to rain on everyone in Scotland’s parade , what a crowd of defeatists they are ! .

  3. Jockanese Wind Talker

    Usual “Scotland Shite, ‘cos EssEnnPeeBaaad” from the BritNat State Broadcaster.

    Said it before but:

    The BBC in Scotland are complying with the Royal Charter of the BritNat Broadcasting Corporation:

    6. The Public Purpose

    (4) “….help contribute to the social cohesion and wellbeing of the United Kingdom.”

    They are just following orders folks.

    Don’t pay the propaganda tax.

    British Nationalist Broadcasting (Scotland Division) is our equivalent of the Rwandan radio station of the 1990s called Radio-Television Libre des Milles Collines.

    It exists to undermine the Scots Government, foster division and sectarianism and is backed by powerful people in business and Government of the UK and Opposition on Scotland.

  4. Independent Woman

    Slightly off topic but Lord Adonis has submitted a complaint that the BBC has broken the Royal Charter rules by presenting a one-sided picture of Brexit. He says they are interviewing more pro-Brexiteers than anti. Also they are giving undue prominence to such people as Farage and Rees-Mogg, who in the greater scheme of things are fairly unimportant.

    Pity he did not this when the BBC put out lies in the run-up to Sept. 2014, which lies and distortions continue to this day, as witness the article above.

  5. ivor

    I’d just like to confirm your take on this. I rarely listen to BBC news but as I was driving home yesterday I heard a very similar staged radio interview with Fraser and could hardly believe what I was hearing. The spin was breathtaking. And no development of the issue of knock-on effect of such a huge investment, particularly which sectors could take advantage of it. The obvious short term one – construction – was not even mentioned. Criminal.

  6. Robert Graham

    The VOW mk 2 ha ha oh tried and tested guff for the mugs to swallow again , Bank Jobs – Space Port i wonder what other goodies are going to be unveiled next , our benevolent neighbour with the assistance of the 13 tory MPs are showering Scots with love and affection .

    Bank jobs only if the union is preserved ‘

    Space Port only if the union is preserved

    Are you seeing the pattern yet ?

    The Space Port story will fail to point out for every 1 job created in Scotland 40 jobs or more will be created in England , just like the promised work for the Clyde , i will believe it when i can actually see it until then its all unionist promises and we know how that works ,Aye Right .

  7. Brian McGowan

    Yes, soon as I saw that “2,500 jobs for Scotland” headline, I knew it was bad news. Right up there with frigate orders being cancelled.

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