European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, Poland
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
New offshoring locations

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 May 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


After the acquisition of several banks Italian banking group UniCredit plans for a massive European-wide restructuring to reduce costs. According to Financial Times Germany, UniCredit plans for new large 'product and clearing plant'. Administrative functions of seven countries will be centralized in Poland. The new 'plant' will employ about 7,000 persons. Another plant employing about 6,000 is planned to centralize IT-operations of German Hypovereinsbank, Bank Astria and of UniCredit. German HypoVereinsbank (HVB), a member of the group and the second-largest German private-sector bank with more than 22,700 employees, 680 branches and over 4 million customers, will be affected by drastic outsourcing and offshoring plans. According to FTD, HVB will be reduced to a 'distribution centre'. HVB's core competences include private and corporate customers, real-estate finance, capital market transactions as well as asset management.

On 2 May it was announced, that HVB will outsource a total of 1,800 jobs, out of these 250 clearing jobs will be offshored to Poland. HVB will thus be the first German bank to offshore core competence jobs to another country. No further information is available on the delocalisation measure. 1,550 jobs will be outsourced to UniCredit affiliates or external firms in Germany. Out of these 300 jobs in mailing and logistic services will be outsourced to an external service provider and 1,200 IT-related jobs to UniCredit-affiliates. No precise time line is given.


  • 5 May 2008: Financial Times Deutschland


Eurofound (2008), HypoVereinsbank, Offshoring/Delocalisation in European Union, factsheet number 66589, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66589.