October 2020 Unemployment News and Company Job Cuts Switzerland

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October 2020 Job Cut Announcements

30/10/2020 Swarovski shareholders approve 6,000 job cuts and hundreds of store closures

Swarovski shareholders approved the biggest overhaul in the crystal maker’s 125-year history, including 6,000 job cuts, after years of heated discussions among factions of the founding family.

The decision means various Austrian and Swiss units will be folded into an Austrian family company with the headquarters remaining in the Alpine town of Wattens, near Innsbruck. The new structure should allow faster decisions about new products, personnel and investments, management has said. While legal disputes are likely to follow, the company has said it won’t stop the process.

Buchbauer has said the company needs to offer fewer but more exclusive items under its own brand, and cut back its network of 3,000 boutiques. The 6,000 previously announced job cuts equal about 20% of Swarovski’s workforce. The turnaround will take two to three years to execute as sales are expected to fall by about a third this year.

Read Full Press Release On Bloomberg.com

 12/10/2020   RUAG International reacts to Covid-19 impact and accelerates job cuts

RUAG International will accelerate its transformation to ensure its future viability. Facing more than 30% less sales in aircraft structures and a significant drop in business jet maintenance (MRO International), the company division Aerostructures is losing around three million Swiss francs per month. 

In the short term, RUAG International was able to cushion the impact upon its 1700 employees using short-time working government support whilst cutting all overtime, enforcing outstanding holiday take up and freezing all recruitment.

Urs Kiener, CEO says in the press release: “The pre-crisis level in air travel is unlikely to be reached again until 2024/25 at the earliest. In view of this gloomy forecast, we must now initiate a far-reaching transformation to ensure our sustainability in the long term”.  Read press release in full in English.

08 /10/2020  EasyJet warns first ever annual loss could top $1 billion and cuts jobs in Switzerland

Low-cost carrier easyJet said it expects a £845m loss this year due to the pandemic in what will mark the first full-year loss in its history.

The company painted a bleak outlook as it forecast a significant drop in capacity for 2021 and called on the government to help the embattled aviation sector.

The airline said it will only need 25% of its planned capacity for the first quarter next year due to the travel restrictions in place throughout Europe.

Seventy jobs will go in Basel and Geneva in a restructuring and because of the restructuring flight changes.

To survive the impact of the pandemic, it has raised more than 900 million pounds from the sale and leaseback of aircraft, taken a 600 million pound loan from the government, cut 4,500 jobs and tapped shareholders for 419 million pounds.

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29/10/2020 SRF Media struggling to secure income and to access youth or younger market appoints Bain as advisors

Nearly 40 million francs will be saved using a variety of tech investments and new production standards, with a ramped up focus on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and other social media. The firm is also exploring other revenue channels such as podcasts and live sport streaming. According to reports, Wappler in addition wants to improve SRF’s watchdog journalism function, channeling more resources in the investigative division.

Source: consultancy.eu read in English

Companies Rumoured to Have Job or Salary Cuts

PwC Switzerland

  • Promotions and raises deferred.
  • Salary reductions for partners.

[Source: Inside Paradeplatz]