EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany


Sector: Information / communication
61 - Telecommunications
Number Employed: 11000
Group: Vodafone

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-04-2013
Planned Job Reductions min: 300
Planned Job Reductions max: 350
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 16-04-2013
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2015
Direct Dismissals: 300

Additional Information

German Vodafone, subsidiary of the British Vodafone Group, is to cut 500 jobs. This is a part of newly announced restructuring programme. Vodafone faces some structural changes in the mobile phone industry and high competition.

In addition to the job cuts, the restructuring programme involves delocalisation to Romania (network technolgy area) and India (customer service) and a reduction of starting salaries. The programme will be implemented between 2013 and 2015.

For the most recent restructurings in Vodafone group, see Vodafone- 2013ES, Vodafone- 2013IT, Vodafone- 2013CZ and Vodafone- 2013PT.

Updated, 20/11/2013: After a consultation process with worker representatives, the company has announced to cut only 200 to 250 jobs in Germany's  network technology unit. These jobs are to be relocated to Romania. Furthermore, 100 IT jobs are to be outsourced to India, adding to a total of 300 to 350 job cuts.