EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Softbank Robotics

Softbank Robotics

Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): France, the UK, the United States


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
26.20 - Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment
Group: Softbank Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-06-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 165
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 29-06-2021

Additional Information

Japanese technology company Softbank Group announced that it will cut its workforce at its robotics business worldwide in 2021. Under the restructuring programme, the company is to dismiss about 165 of its 330 employees in France in September 2021. The programme will also affect employees in the UK and the United States – where the restructuring process has already started – but the exact number of cut jobs per country is still unclear. The programme is related to the company's decision to stop the production of its humanoid robots, 'Pepper'. The conditions of the dismissal programme are negotiated with employees’ representatives.

Softbank Group has been operating since 1984; currently, the company employs almost 81,000 people globally. The group primarily operates in the technology, energy, and financial sectors.