ALMOST 70 jobs are going at the Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgage Centre in Greenock.

The exodus of employees from the Cartsburn office will begin in November.

A voluntary redundancy trawl was launched by the company earlier this year and over 100 staff applied.

RBS bosses have now selected 66 workers who will depart the Mortgage Centre in two tranches.

The vast majority will exit in November with the rest following in March next year.

A spokesperson for RBS said: "We have been able to achieve all of our headcount reduction across the three sites through voluntary redundancies. "We were oversubscribed for the register in Greenock, and the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy was very well received."

Those who are leaving are a mixture of full and part-time employees.

RBS announced in July it had begun the process of seeking applicants in a bid to cut 150 roles across its sites in Greenock, Birmingham and Norwich.

The job losses have been blamed on the increase in internet banking and online mortgage applications.

Employees and trade unions were notified on June 26.

Just under 56 full-time equivalent (FTE) roles are being shed at the Greenock office, covered by 66 individual employees.

Around 1,000 staff currently work at the Cartsburn centre, which RBS bosses insist 'remains an important part of our business'.

Roles being shed are across the company's mortgage customer contact and operations divisions, of which there are 450 employees in those departments in Greenock.

Despite the jobs cull, RBS has been actively recruiting for the waterfront site.

The company also took on two youngsters last month who competed in the this year's edition of Inverclyde employability programme, The Recruit.

The UK Government still owns 62 per cent of the bank having saved it from financial collapse in 2008.

Late last year, the company shelved controversial plans to relocate the last-remaining Inverclyde RBS branch in Cathcart Street to the Mortgage Centre.