Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.1 - Passenger rail transport, interurban

1,432 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
531 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
23 December 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2014
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


French railway company SNCF is to cut 1,432 jobs during 2014 (approx. 1pc of the total workforce). Cuts will affect mainly the company’s freight division and ticket sales division.

Furthermore, the group has also announced to recruit 531 employees on publicly sponsored contracts with a focus on young low skilled workers (“contrat d’avenir”). A similar number of recruitments of young workers had been announced in 2012.

The net job losses thus amount to 901 workplaces.

The measure is part of SNCF’s continuing restructuring programme that is to increase its competitiveness and to free up resources for investments in the fast-train TGV network.

As announced, the job cuts will be implemented via natural attrition.

Previous reports announced several rounds of job expansions (2011-1, 2011-2) and job cuts (2010).


  • 23 December 2013: L'Humanité
  • 22 December 2013: Les Echos


Eurofound (2013), SNCF, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 76381, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76381.