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

8,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 March 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2014
Foreseen end date


Unicredit, a leading Italian company in the banking sector, has announced plans to reduce its global workforce by 8,500 units by 2018 as part of its 2015-1018 strategic business plan. 5,700 of the foreseen job losses will be concentrated in Italy (see ERM factsheet) and 1500 in Germany (see ERM factsheet). 500 agencies will be closed in Italy and 300 in Germany. It has not yet been announced where the other job cuts will take place.

Unicredit has stated that as a result of these measures, the workforce across the company’s three Western European markets (Italy, Austria and Germany) will be reduced by 13% by 2018 as regards the commercial banking arm, and by 7.4% for the corporate banking arm.

Already in 2013 Unicredit had achieved cost savings by reducing its global headcount by 8,500 positions, with job cuts concentrated mainly in Kazakistan and Turkey.  


  • 13 March 2014: Merkur Online
  • 13 March 2014: Unicredit Group
  • 11 March 2014: Reuters
  • 11 March 2014: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2014), Unicredit, HypoVereinsbank, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 76847, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76847.