Lunchtime Links: Two thirds of staff to go at Babcock & Brown

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Australian infrastructure investor Babcock & Brown has set a new record for staff cuts at a bank that hasn't gone bankrupt. It announced this morning that it plans to cut headcount by almost two thirds between now and 2010. After the recent collapse of Australian infrastructure company Allco Finance Group, the Babcock earthquake is liable to cause a few tremors over at Macquarie, which leads the Australian infrastructure herd. Earlier this week, Macquarie (AKA the millionaires' factory) revealed a 43% reduction in first half profits. For the moment, however, Macquarie itself appears to be hiring - staff numbers were up by 791 in the first half of this financial year and it has jobs in London. Pay per head for the first six months of this year was, however, down at AU$79k (33k), compared to AU$117k for the same period of 2007. Millionaires are likely to be few and far between.

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