The Bank of England is not worried for now over how many bankers have left London for EU financial hubs after Brexit, BoE Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Tuesday, adding that fewer had moved abroad than expected.
Britain fully left the European Union at the end of 2020 and its financial firms no longer have unfettered “passporting”, or full access to investors in the bloc.
To avoid disruption, banks, insurers and asset managers have opened scores of hubs in the bloc, and the number of staff that have moved so far is about 7,000, according to calculations by consultants EY in March, below initial estimates.
The Bank of England predicted in 2018 that between 5,000 to 10,000 financial jobs might be lost when Britain formally left the European Union.
The European Central Bank has been putting pressure on banks to staff the new banking hubs in Frankfurt and elsewhere with sufficiently senior employees in roles such as trading.
“The short answer to your question is that at the moment I’m not concerned about that,” Woods told a news conference when asked if he was worried about the City losing its global standing after Brexit.