Hundreds more British banking jobs have been axed in a fresh wave of cost-cutting.
Worst hit were staff at the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks, both of which are owned by National Australian Bank.
The group, which yesterday unveiled a half-year net profit of £1 billion, announced plans to close 22 Yorkshire and Clydesdale branches in the first wave of cutbacks that will see a total of 100 outlets disappear.
NAB previously announced plans to axe a total of 4,200 jobs worldwide, including up to 1,700 in Britain.
Among the eight Yorkshire branches earmarked for immediate closure are ones in Walsall and Shrewsbury.
The Yorkshire has a further 20 branches within a 40-mile radius of Birmingham, but it is not yet known which, if any, will go in the next wave of closures.
In total, 40 Yorkshire and 60 Clydesdale sites are to close.
NAB chief executive John Stewart said the closures were "in response to the changing needs" of customers.
"Our research has shown that in any one month 75 per cent of our customers do not use a branch at all, and 11 per cent use a branch only once.
"This is about providing our customers with the appropriate network for their needs."
NAB carried out a review of its UK arm after offloading its Irish business - Northern and National Irish Bank - earlier this year in a deal that yielded a one-off profit of £416 million, according to figures released in Sydney.
In a second shockwave to hit the banking centre yesterday, Lloyds TSB said it will close five processing centres with the loss of 465 jobs.
Work carried out at the centres, at Taunton, Plymouth, Stockton, Cardiff and Swansea, will be transferred to bigger sites, including one at Birmingham, the bank said.
The bank denied a claim by the TSB Group Union that the cuts were linked to the offshoring of jobs in India.
The cuts announced by NAB and Lloyds TSB followed Tuesday's announcement by Spanish bank Santander that a further 1,000 jobs are to go at Abbey on top of the 3,000 already scrapped.
Meanwhile yesterday, the trade union Amicus announced that its members at HSBC, Britain's biggest bank, had voted for a one-day strike on May 27 as part of a long-running dispute over pay and redundancies.