EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): France, Germany, Spain, UK, China, USA


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
Number Employed: 135000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 30-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 14900
Planned Job Reductions max: 14900
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-07-2021

Additional Information

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced a worldwide restructuring plan to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. In total, the group wants to cut around 15,000 posts by the summer of 2021. This is an even greater reduction than that carried out under the restructuring plan known as 'Power 8', which already provided for 10,000 job cuts in 2017. The cuts will take place almost exclusively in the commercial aviation branch, which employs 81,000 of the company's 135,000 employees. Airbus plans to cut 5,000 jobs in France, 5,100 in Germany, 1,700 in the United Kingdom, 900 in Spain and 1,300 at other sites in the rest of the world, notably in China and the United States, where the European aircraft manufacturer has set up assembly plants. Finally, these staff reductions include a little over 900 job cuts already decided at Premium Aerotec, a subsidiary of the group in Germany. These job cuts 'are the biggest job cuts Airbus has ever made' the CEO acknowledged. According to him, the group could not avoid it, while '40% of [its] business has disappeared'. By the end of April, US rival Boeing had already announced 16,000 job cuts, or 10% of its workforce.

Out of the 10,000 job cuts announced in 2007, several other EU or worldwide reorganisation have been recorded during the years, with 3,000 job creations in 2011, 1,164 job cuts in 2016 (and 230 job creations),  3,700 job cuts in 2018 and recently, 2,362 job cuts in its division Defence and Space