EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: France


Sector: Information / communication
61.20 - Wireless telecommunications activities
Number Employed: 9500
Group: Altice

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-03-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 1700
Planned Job Reductions max: 1700
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-06-2021
Foreseen End Date: 31-03-2025
Planned Job Creation: 1000

Additional Information

The telecommunications operator SFR is planning to cut 1,700 jobs out of 9,500 in its telecommunications branch, according to the unions. The management takes into account in its communication the figure for all Altice subsidiaries in France, including SFR, that is 15,000 employees. According to the unions, 18% of the workforce will be cut, and 11% according to the management.
The group's management sees the current crisis as an accelerator of transformation. The group has decided to cut 400 jobs out of 1,700 in the shops. The group intends to make use of voluntary departures. According to some employees who spoke to the media source, Altice, which had a very good financial year in 2020, is using COVID-19 as a pretext to make these job cuts.

In addition, SFR plans to hire 1,000 young people within four years. The aim is to recruit new talent to adapt to the changing environment. This will involve, for example, hiring in the field of cybersecurity.

In the past, Altice Group, has announced a substantial reorganisation, to cut 5,000 positions (approximately 1/3rd of its workforce) in 2019. SFR launched a voluntary departure plan in 2008 (see SFR-2008), announced redundancies (120 jobs) as part of this plan in 2012 (see SFR-2012a) and other job cuts (1,123) in November 2012 (see SRF-2012b).