Westpac Group has announced plans to recruit 300 new people in Adelaide, South Australia.

The bank will hire new staff in varied roles including customer support, analytics and operations management, consumer and business bankers among others.

The openings will be available to South Australians. Many of these roles will support the bank’s national operations.

The recruitment drive is expected to further consolidate Westpac’s position as one of the largest employers in the state with a workforce of more than 5,000 people.

Westpac and BankSA State General Manager, Consumer, Ben Owen said: “These roles provide South Australians with unique employment opportunities to join a large-scale business with a strong presence in the local market and build a career in the banking sector.

“We know that many South Australians have valuable transferrable skills that would be a good fit for these roles, so if they’re passionate about helping people, we encourage them to apply.”

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Last year, the lender announced plans to bring back jobs outsourced overseas to improve operations amid the pandemic.

In March this year, Westpac said that it created 1,538 new jobs in South Australia over the previous 16 months.

Owen added: “Westpac Group has had a presence in South Australia for 144 years. Through our continued investment we’re proud to be growing our workforce here – supporting South Australians with job opportunities and contributing positively to the local economy.”

In March, Westpac announced plans to shut down 48 branches as part of a consolidation strategy.