A CALL centre in Sunderland is set for a jobs boost after a banking group announced 500 new positions.
Taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group will create jobs across the country, as it prepares to sell assets as part of state-aid rules.
Bosses said its contact centre at Hylton Riverside, which already employs 500 people, will be among five sites across the UK to be transferred to its Verde business, which already includes 632 branches.
It added all existing 500 jobs at the site will be safeguarded.
The bank was ordered by the European Commission to sell Verde because of the £20billion it received in state aid.
The Co-operative Group remains the preferred bidder for the package.