Virgin Money said on Tuesday the cuts were part of a forecast 16% reduction in headcount planned after its takeover by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group in 2018.

The lender restarted axing jobs in July, making 300 redundancies, which it said at the time was 200 fewer redundancies than it had previously planned. It also closed 52 branches.

Firms across the UK financial sector have ramped up cost-cutting in recent weeks, with rival lender TSB - part of Spain's Sabadell SABE.MC - shutting 164 branches and laying off 900 roles last week.

Banking giant HSBC HSBA.L and insurer LV are also making deep cuts.

Virgin Money said it would look to avoid compulsory redundancies where possible.

“We are committed to bringing our operations together under the Virgin Money brand to offer customers a sustainable business which is fit for the future,” Lucy Dimes, chief strategy and transformation officer, said in a statement.