Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.3 - Manufacture of communication equipment

5,490 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 July 2012
Employment effect (start)
31 July 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


On 26 July 2012, French producer of telephone network equipment Alcatel-Lucent announced its intention to cut 5,000 jobs (6.6% of its workforce).

The group reported a substantial loss in the second quarter of the year and saw its sales fall by 7.1%. Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen stressed the necessity of restructuring due to a decline in demand for network equipment and rising competition. The cuts will be made by the end of 2013 and will affect all sectors except for the R&D department. 

Since the merger with Lucent the company has cut around 20,000 jobs. 

UPDATE 19/10/2012: The group has announced 5,490 job cuts worldwide, with a large number of job cuts being implemented in France (1,430 job cuts, 15% of the whole workforce in this country). Other EU states will see 3,300 jobs go, while 900 jobs are to be cut in the Asia-Pacific region.



Eurofound (2012), Alcatel-Lucent, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 73944, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73944.