Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding

210 - 300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 October 2009
Employment effect (start)
19 October 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


The Austrian Erste Bank plans to cut its workforce by up to 300 employees by the end of 2010 within the framework of a comprehensive cost reduction programme. According to the bank institute's CEO, Elisabeth Bleyleben-Koren, both personnel and material costs should be reduced by 7-10% within one year. This is expected to save about €20 million. According to the CEO, these measures are necessary due to dramatic loan defaults expected for the next year. However, Ms Bleyleben-Koren has ruled out the possibility of direct dismissals. Staff will be reduced only by means of natural attrition. Currently, the bank employs about 3,000 staff in Austria.


  • 19 October 2009: Der Standard ()
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Eurofound (2009), Erste Bank, Internal restructuring in Austria, factsheet number 69793, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69793.