HSBC is cutting about 3,000 jobs over the next three years in Hong Kong as part of a global restructuring, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The bank will try to redeploy some staff to other roles elsewhere in the company so the number of people actually losing their jobs may be less than 3,000, said the spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with company policy.
The cuts are part of a strategic reorganization of the bank announced last month to make it more efficient and less bureaucratic.
The British banking group said in August that it is cutting 30,000 jobs worldwide by 2013 and selling almost half its retail bank branches in the U.S. as part of a new strategy to focus on fast-growing emerging markets.
HSBC employees 23,000 people in Hong Kong and 296,000 worldwide.
The job cuts in Hong Kong are part of a first wave of a global reorganization, which will also include restructuring at operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil, the spokeswoman said.
"This means we'll make better decisions more quickly that will then mean we can create more business opportunities," the spokeswoman said.
She said the job cuts will result in "sustainable cost savings" and improved cost efficiency but would not say how much money would be saved.