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

4,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 November 2012
Employment effect (start)
15 February 2013
Foreseen end date


Bankia, the fourth largest bank in Spain, will dismiss over 6000 employees, 28% of its entire workforce. The number of branches will be reduced from 3,117 to approximately 1,900-2,000.

The restructuring plan was a key term of the agreement by which Bankia will receive 17,959€ million of European bail-out funds. According to the management, Bankia is expected to become profitable again in 2013, after record losses in 2012.

The negotiations with the unions are expected to start as soon as possible.

UPDATE February 2013: Bankia and the unions have agreed to reduce the number of dismissals. There will be 4,500 redundancies, with severance pay equal to 30 days per year worked. 39% of the job cuts will be early redundancies for employees over 54.

Bankia is a financial conglomerate formed in December 2010, merging the operations of 7 regional savings banks that were deemed too weak to survive the crisis. The bank was partially nationalized in May 2012 by the Spanish government in order to avoid its collapse.


  • 30 November 2012: Cinco Días
  • 6 February 2013: El País


Eurofound (2012), Bankia, Internal restructuring in Spain, factsheet number 74593, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74593.