Workers are seen crossing the Millennium Bridge, with St Paul's Cathedral seen behind during the morning rush hour in London, Britain, September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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As few as 630 UK-based finance jobs have been shifted or created overseas with just six months to go before Brexit, a far lower total than banks said could move after Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union, according to a new Reuters survey.Many bankers and politicians predicted after the June 2016 referendum that leaving the EU would prompt a mass exodus of jobs and business and deal a crippling blow to London's position in global finance.But as Brexit Day nears, the number of jobs that UK-based financial institutions say they expect to move in the event of a "hard" Brexit was around 5,800, just 500 more than the last survey in March, and with more firms responding. HSBC, which has publicly said up to 1,000 jobs could move to Paris, has so far not moved any staff, a source at the bank told Reuters as part of the survey.JPMorgan, which has publicly said up to 4,000 jobs could move, said recently in a staff memorandum it has only asked "several dozen" staff to move.The 134 firms who responded to Reuters for this survey -- against 119 who responded in March and 123 in September 2017 -- employ the bulk of UK-based workers in international finance.
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