EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Alcatel-Lucent

Company/Organisation:
Alcatel-Lucent

Geographic Location

Country: France
Location of affected unit(s): Lannion, Saclay

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
Number Employed: 5260
Group: Nokia

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-10-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 597
Planned Job Reductions max: 597
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2017
Foreseen End Date: 01-01-2019

Additional Information

The Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has confirmed on 2 October, after a meeting with the government and representative bodies, its plan to cut 597 jobs in France (about 10% of the workforce) to make cost-savings and refocus its loss-making businesses. A first announcement was made on 2 September, but the government asked the company to suspend its restructuring, as Nokia took the commitment, in 2015, when it bought Alcatel-Lucent, to increase its  R&D workforce in France by 500.

After the meeting on 2 October, the management of Nokia confirmed the reorganisation and the number of job cuts that will be focused on administrative and support services and will not affect research and development as it refocuses on high-speed 5G telecom networks, cybersecurity and internet-linked appliances. In a press release Nokia confirms "the goal of 2,500 R&D engineers by the end of 2018", recalling at the same time that a "program of recruitment of 500 engineers is in an acceleration phase".