EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Banco Santander

Banco Santander

Geographic Location

Country: Spain


Sector: Financial services
Financial and insurance activities
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
Number Employed: 24000
Group: Banco Santander

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-04-2016
Planned Job Reductions min: 1200
Planned Job Reductions max: 1200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

The Spanish bank Banco Santander is planning to close 425 branches.  On 6 April bank managers informed trade unions that this would imply the loss of 1,200 jobs (around 5% of its entire workforce). The measure is explained as a result of a drop in the revenues and the decrease in the use of the offices. According to the company, online services are replacing services offered in the offices. Due to this, the bank aims to keep only the largest branches. Management has stated it intends to offer voluntary redundancy and early retirement as part of the restructuring, but has not specified in what proportion. The company and the unions will start negotiations in the following days.  According to the trade union UGT, the bank is taking advantage of the new labour legislation that allows cheaper dismissals.