European Companies Hand Out Employee Bonuses As Inflation Bites -- At a Glance
By Mauro Orru and Pierre Bertrand
Italian luxury shoe maker Tod's SpA on Monday joined a growing
list of companies in Europe paying one-off bonuses to employees in
an effort to mitigate the burden of high inflation and energy
Tod's said it would hand out EUR500 ($519.97), to all employees,
citing a "context of extraordinary complexity for the entire
economic and social system of our country."
From the automotive sector to luxury and construction, companies
on the continent have announced similar measures:
--German car maker Volkswagen AG earlier this month reached an
agreement with Germany's IG Metall union covering 125,000 employees
in the country. A pay increase of 5.2% as of June 2023 and 3.3% as
of May 2024 has been agreed on. The agreement also includes an
inflation-adjusted, tax-free bonus of EUR2,000 in the first quarter
of 2023, and EUR1,000 in early 2024.
--Spanish insurance company Mapfre SA said last week that more
than 10,000 Spain-based employees would receive a EUR400 bonus
before Christmas on top of a EUR350 lump sum that was paid in
--French car maker Renault SA said last month that it had signed
an agreement with trade unions in France and agreed to distribute
EUR1,000 for most employees by the end of the year.
"All company employees will benefit from an exceptional bonus of
EUR500, to which will be added a EUR100 transport bonus, free
health insurance for three months and the possibility of monetizing
three days of RTT with a 25% increase," the company said in a
statement last month.
--European aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE confirmed last month
that around 120,000 employees would cash in an "exceptional
premium" of GBP1,500 in the U.K. and EUR1,500 in France, Germany
and Spain. The sum will be mirrored in other countries with a
premium calculated as a percentage of the average local base
"The company believes that this solution is the most appropriate
to support employees in the short term as they cope with the
current inflationary environment," Airbus said.
--French construction-and-media conglomerate Bouygues SA in
September said it would pay a "special one-off bonus" of EUR500 to
EUR1,000 to employees earning less than twice the annual French
minimum wage, exempt from employee social-security contributions
"The Bouygues group is taking action in favor of the lowest
earners in its business segments, both in France and abroad, in
order to counter the impact of inflation on the cost of living for
its employees," the company said.
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