Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64.1 - Monetary intermediation

920 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
250 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
8 November 2012
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


Belfius Bank confirmed plans to cut 920 jobs. According to the management, the job cuts are attributed to the need to reduce operational costs by 210€ million, in order to improve the profitability of the bank.

The unions reacted to the decision with disappointment and they reiterated their hope that alternatives will be found in order to save as many jobs as possible. They indicated that the restructuring plan lacks vision and that the company should focus on increasing revenue, instead of decreasing costs. The Redundancy procedure (Renault law) has been launched to negotiate the social plan.

At the same time, the management announced its intention to hire 250 young employees by 2016. This recruitment will replace 470 employees who are to retire by in the next 4 years, and according to reports, these employees are not affected by the planned job cuts.

Overall, the implies that the workforce will be reduced by 670, over 10% of the total number of employees, while one in six will be affected by the restructuring.


  • 8 November 2012: RTBF.be
  • 8 November 2012: Le Soir
  • 8 November 2012: L'Echo


Eurofound (2012), Belfius, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 74569, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74569.