Jobs bombshell as Fylde work moves to Indian site

Offices in Ballam Road, Lytham
Offices in Ballam Road, Lytham
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More than 60 office jobs are to be lost to Lytham as insurance firm AXA reorganises its business.

The company said that it was reviewing its back office operation and as a result 35 jobs would be transferred from the Ballam Road site to its Bolton office.

As a result of that review we have decided to move 35 finance operations roles to our Bolton office and a further 35 credit control roles to our office in Pune, India.

And it confirmed that 33 people would be made redundant as its credit control operation was moved to India.

The 35 finance operations jobs would be moving between March and May next year to the company’s large Bolton office where there was spare capacity for the roles and which was a main hub for the group.

But the credit control staff have been told their positions are to be made redundant and were being offered support to find jobs with other companies. A spokesman said that the changes were back office operations which would not affect customers in any way.

He said the company had no plans to close the Lytham offices where staff remain working for various branches of the AXA group of companies. He said: “We have been reviewing our back office finance operations that serve the insurance broking market.

“As a result of that review we have decided to move 35 finance operations roles to our Bolton office and a further 35 credit control roles to our office in Pune, India.

“Our colleagues in Pune have been working with our broker partners for 11 years and the decision has been taken to consolidate all our credit control roles in Pune.

“There is no end consumer contact with the Pune office. Unfortunately, this has resulted in 33 roles in the UK being made redundant and we are providing support for those people affected. There are no redundancies associated with the Bolton office move with all employees agreeing to transfer their roles to this office where we continue to invest in and grow the operation.”

AXA has had a presence at the Ballam Road site for decades and had a second site in Lytham, at Westcliffe Road where it carried out its printing operations.

That site was earmarked for housing in 2013.