According to the banking institution, many of the jobs are to be cut from the insurance division over the course of the next year.
A further 600 positions are to be removed from RBSâ retail business at its head offices in London and Edinburgh.
The insurance arm of RBS includes a number of smaller businesses such as Churchill and Direct Line.
An unnamed RBS spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: âWe will do all we can to support our staff through this process and do everything possible to keep compulsory redundancy to an absolute minimum.
âSo far the job losses we've announced to date have resulted in fewer than one in four people being made compulsorily redundant."
The financial services provider is making the cuts in order to meet conditions imposed by the European Union.
RBS is undertaking the reduction to its workforce after its reliance on state financial aid to survive the financial crisis led to it becoming 83 per cent owned by the taxpayer.
By Jim Ottewill