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A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Image Credit: Reuters

Goldman Sachs Group will start cutting thousands of jobs across the firm from Wednesday, two sources familiar with the move said, as it prepares for a tough economic environment.

The job cuts are expected to be just over 3,000, one of the sources said, but the final number is yet to be determined.

The sources could not be named as the information was not yet public disclosure.

The layoffs are likely to affect most major divisions of the banks but should centre on Goldman Sachs's investment banking division, one of the sources said. Institutional banks have suffered a major slowdown in corporate deals as a result of volatile global financial markets.

Bloomberg News reported on Sunday that Goldman would eliminate about 3,200 positions. Goldman had 49,100 employees at the end of the third quarter, after adding significant numbers of staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of jobs are also likely to be reduced from Goldman Sachs' loss-making consumer business after it scaled back plans for its direct-to-consumer unit Marcus, the sources said.

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