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

1,443 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 December 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


The French railway company SNCF is to lose 1,443 jobs during 2016 (approximately 1% of the total workforce). Cuts will mainly affect the company’s mobility division (passengers transport activities) with 1,793 job cuts, the freight division (495 job cuts,  6.9% of the workforce of the division) and online-ticket sales division (700 job cuts, – 3.4% of the workforce).

In 2016, the group will recruit 5,400 employees while facing 7,000 natural departures. The net job losses thus amount to 1,443 workplaces in term of budgetary equivalent full time positions.

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 infrastructure and security.

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, 2014)


  • 15 December 2015: Les Echos
  • 14 December 2105: Le Monde


Eurofound (2015), SNCF, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 85803, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85803.