EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Ministry of defence

Ministry of defence

Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.22 - Defence activities
Number Employed: 68000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-04-2011
Planned Job Reductions min: 12000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

The Dutch government announced that it would cut about 12,000 defence ministry jobs as part of an austerity push. According to latest news, about 2,300 jobs will be eliminated by not refilling vacant positions and another 4,000 jobs will disappear through natural wastage.

The job cuts are more ambitious than previously estimated. Last year, the government indicated it would probably cut about 10,000 jobs in the ministry, which employed about 68,000 people.