In its largest recruitment drive since 2013, State Bank of India will be hiring nearly 9,500 junior assistants for customer support and sales functions. The drive is initiated after the bank's employee headcount reduced to over ten thousand during the current fiscal. The employees reduced to 2,69,000 by end September compared to 2,80,000 at the beginning of the financial year. The reduction in the number of employees is due to attrition and voluntary retirement after the merger of associate banks. The largest number of vacancies are in Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra. The Indian public sector banking has advertised in the country for filling up the vacancies. There are over 9,000 vacancies. Out of this more than 1,100 are to clear a backlog in the reserved category. The bank aims to restructure its staff following the merger of the five associate banks with itself. An introduction to straight-through processing and digital Banking has reduced the need for administrative staff but has increased the need for more customer-facing employees. According to the Bank's management, staff strength could decline further as replacement will not be " Head to Head".