EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: France


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.29 - Other food service activities
Number Employed: 23000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 27-10-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 1000
Planned Job Reductions max: 2183
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2020

Additional Information

The contract catering giant Sodexo has announced an Employment safeguard plan (PSE) that would involve the net loss of 2,083 jobs, or nearly 7% of its workforce, mostly in business services, that is catering activities in companies (canteens). In addition, around 100 positions will be cut at the head office out of a total workforce of 500. A total of 2,183 jobs will be cut across the group, and a further 197 jobs in its catering subsidiary Le Nôtre

The group intends to 'safeguard its competitiveness' by developing its offers and adapting 'its production and operating models', believing that 'these changes will make it possible to better combine the new market expectations while retaining all its activities and know-how in the field of services'.

FO (Sodexo's largest trade union) reiterated the group's commitment to 'use all possible solutions to preserve jobs'. FO calls for maximum use to be made of mobility to other sectors such as cleaning, medical-social services and prisons, where Sodexo also provides contract catering. 'We hope to reduce the number of job cuts to below 1,000,' stresses FO.