Barclays adds 323 jobs in Wilmington

Barclays will add jobs and spend $6.9 million renovating space for them in its Riverfront buildings.

Barclays will add jobs and spend $6.9 million renovating space for them in its Riverfront buildings. Photo by Moonloop Photography

Barclays US Consumer Bank on Monday announced plans to create more than 300 jobs at its Wilmington headquarters, where it already employs slightly more than 1,000.

There are 300 jobs in customer service, paying about $32,000, and 23 management positions, paying about $50,000, said bank spokesman Matt Fields. Barclays’ website ads for customer specialists call for a high school diploma and a year-plus of experience in customer service.

The bank plans $6.9 million capital improvements to redesign space in its Wilmington Riverfront headquarters for them, about half covered by performance-based grants from the state.

 

The Council on Development Finance approved a performance grant of almost $1.3 million, a $1 million training grant and a capital expenditures grant of $207,000. The Delaware Strategic Fund grants will be paid out over three years after the company meets milestones prescribed by the council, according to the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the state economic development agency.

“Coupled with the support we’re providing to nonprofit organizations in Delaware through our global $125 million Covid-19 Community Aid Package, our ongoing hiring efforts reflect Barclays’ longstanding commitment to the Wilmington community,” Denny Nealon, Barclays president, said in a statement. Since 2004, Barclays has had its American base in Wilmington.

Partners for that package include the Delaware Community Foundation and a $100,000 matching grant to the Wilmington Strong Small Business Fund. Other support goes to the Wilmington Is Working Technology Equity Fund, REACH Riverside, Direct Relief, the United Way of Delaware, the Food Bank of Delaware and West End Neighborhood House.

 

The announcement about the new jobs and the grants included praise from political leaders.

“We stand ready to support businesses looking to grow and to provide good-paying jobs for Delawareans,” said Gov. John Carney.

“New Castle County is committed to supporting Barclays and the growing local fin-tech ecosystem,” New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said.

“We are very appreciative to Barclays for its continued commitment to Wilmington and to Delaware,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki.


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