Barclays opens 5,000-strong Glasgow campus in bid for top tech talent

Barclays has opened a new ‘campus’ site in Glasgow, comprising workspace, amenities and a street food market, as it aims to lure top software engineering talent to the hub in the new world of hybrid working.

The British lender has expanded its workforce in the Scottish city by 90% in the last four years and is on track to have around 5,000 staff at the new site by 2023, it said.

The campus in Tradeston, Glasgow will house Barclays’ technology, operations and functions teams, as part of a new global strategy of clustering tech workers in campus sites that combine workspace with other amenities to make them more appealing.

The lender has similar sites in the United States in Whippany, New Jersey, and in the Indian city of Pune.

Central to the appeal of Glasgow as a location is that it had the highest proportion of female managers of any Barclays location, Staley said, partly because of short commute times compared to other cities such as London.