Alcatel-Lucent announced today (8 October 2013) that it is to cut 10,000 jobs by the end of 2015 as part of its major restructuring plan designed to make the group profitable. The cuts are in addition to the 5,000 announced in July. A-L currently employs 72,000 people - the cuts represent 14% of the workforce.
All geographic areas where Alcatel-Lucent operates will be hit by the job cuts. Some 4,100 positions will go in Europe, Middle East and Africa; 3,800 in Asia Pacific; and 2,100 in the Americas. By the end of 2015, Alcatel-Lucent will halve the number of its business hubs globally.
The company is informing its European works council (ECID) today of the actions planned as part of The Shift Plan announced on 19 June 2013 by its new CEO, Michel Combes.
The plan aims to ensure a sustainable financial future and a successful transformation of the company by repositioning it as a specialist in the next-generation technologies of IP Networking, Cloud and Ultra-Broadband Access in order to better serve its customers.
The Shift Plan also aims to restore profitability to the company, being based on a transformation of Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D activities for greater efficiency and a reallocation of resources to focus on future technologies while making a significant reduction of fixed costs. As part of the Shift Plan, the company will make key social actions in order to restore its competitiveness in the marketplace.
As part of The Shift Plan, Alcatel-Lucent has committed to achieve fixed cost savings of Euro 1 billion or more than 15% of fixed costs by the end of 2015. This will be achieved by:
- Reallocating R&D investment to next-generation technologies, which should represent 85% of R&D spend in 2015, as opposed to 65% today.
- Reducing R&D spend in legacy technologies by 60%.
- Reducing administrative, sales and support functions to bring SG&A costs in line with industry standards.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "We launched The Shift Plan in June to give Alcatel-Lucent an industrially sustainable future. The strategic choices we made have been validated by our customers. To carry out this plan we must make difficult decisions and we will make them with open and transparent dialogue with our employees and their representatives. The Shift Plan is about the company regaining control of its destiny."
In France the industrial transformation will focus R&D activities on future technologies such as 4G and IP platforms, in particular with the creation of a new small cells competency centre, an area of particular interest for the company. In terms of research, France will keep its focus on optics and strengthen it in mathematics, at the heart of next-generation network software.
Business activities in France dealing with service providers will be concentrated in two main sites – Villarceaux, south of Paris, which will become Alcatel-Lucent’s primary R&D centre in Europe and one of the world’s largest R&D campuses, and Lannion, which will specialise in ultra-broadband mobile access and subscriber data management (SDM) technologies.
In France, the company intends to reduce approximately 900 positions in 2014 primarily in support, administrative and sales functions (via a legally-compliant programme known in France as Plan de Sauvegarde pour l’Emploi), as well as recruiting 200 engineers and technicians with new technical competencies.
By the end of 2015, the company transformation programme could also result in internal mobility, transfers to partners and redeployments for approximately 900 employees whose jobs will be retained, inside or outside the company.
Alcatel-Lucent posted revenues of Euro 14.4 billion (£12.1bn) in 2012, but made a net loss of Euro1.3 billion (£1bn). A-L has lost money in the last five consecutive quarters.
Alcatel-Lucent competes with Ericsson, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung in the highly competitive telecommunications infrastructure market.
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