EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: European Union
Location of affected unit(s): Germany, UK, the Netherlands


Sector: Utilities
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
35.11 - Production of electricity
Number Employed: 71000
Group: RWE

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-09-2013
Planned Job Reductions min: 3000
Planned Job Reductions max: 3400
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 20-09-2013
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2018

Additional Information

On 20 September 2013, the German electricity producer RWE announced its intention to reduce its workforce at its Generation SE unit in the upcoming months.

While the company has not officially confirmed any numbers, according to industry insiders the job cuts will affect around 3,000 - 3,400 staff by the end of 2018.

The majority of job cuts will be carried out in Germany (approx. 2,300 positions), followed by the UK (approx. 900 positions) and the Netherlands (approx. 200 positions).

According to media reports, these restructuring measures have become necessary due to weak electricity demand in Europe and an increase in the output of alternative energy.

The company currently employs more than 70,000 staff.

For previous restructuring see RWE-EU2012.