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

466 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 September 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2016
Foreseen end date
30 June 2018


The management of the French subsidiary of the bank HSBC has announced to its Central works council that they intend to innitiate a reorganisation plan that will see 466 positions cut by 2018. The aim is to restore the competitiveness of the company which has been impacted by the low interest rate in the EU. This restructuring will take place within the framework of a global reorganisation plan announced in June 2015. The French subsidiary aims to cut about 25% of its central functions workforce. The plan includes 400 early retirements and a voluntary departure plan opened to IT services, back office services, retail bank, financial and administrative services. HSBC has already cut about 672 positions over a four year period starting in June 2011. HSBC acknowledged a decrease in its returns from €299 million in the first semester of 2015 to €171 million in the first semester of 2016. In the meanwhile, HSBC will invest €170 million the three next years to modernise computer systems.


  • 7 September 2016: Les Echos


Eurofound (2016), HSBC, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 88491, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88491.