Goldman Sachs has been on a hiring spree, and the jobs are in the last place you'd expect

Bangalore guy on cell phone streetWikimedia CommonsBengaluru, India.

For many Goldman Sachs employees, commuting to work doesn’t mean riding the subway down to the firm’s waterfront headquarters at 200 West Street in New York City.

That’s because a quarter of Goldman Sachs’ staff work in lower-cost “strategic locations” around the world.

About 25% of the global investment bank’s headcount is based in cheaper locations in the US and abroad, according to a presentation from CEO Lloyd Blankfein at the Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum on Tuesday.

Goldman Sachs had 36,800 staff at the end of 2015, which means 9,200 staff are based in ‘strategic locations’. By way of comparison. Goldman Sachs employs around 10,000 staff in New York and Jersey City.

The number of staff based in low-cost locations has increased 3,000 more than in 2012, according to the presentation. Goldman’s total headcount has increased 4,400 in the same period.

The majority of ‘strategic location’ jobs are in Bengaluru, or Bangalore, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Goldman Sachs’ headcount in the city stands at around 5,700.

Another big chunk, around 2,200, are in Salt Lake City, while there are around 730 staff in the Dallas area.

The bulk of these jobs are in tech. Goldman Sachs said Tuesday that 41% of its tech workforce now work in low-cost locations, up substantially from previous years.

Tech headcount went up 8% between 2012 and 2015, and about half of Goldman’s new 2,800 new hires in 2015 were back-office positions in the technology, compliance, and operations divisions.

Morgan Stanley in January announced a new cost-saving plan that will likely see jobs moved to lower-cost centres, too.

“Too many employees based in high-cost centres are doing work that can sensibly be done in lower-cost centres,” CEO James Gorman said at the time. “Now is the time to tackle head-on our infrastructure costs.”

UBS announced plans earlier this month to move
about 2,500 jobs to low-cost locations such as Poland, India, China, and Tennessee over the next year.

Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, has a big office in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here’s where Goldman’s outsourced employees work:

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