Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
The Netherlands, France, Spain, the UK
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Beverages
11.05 - Manufacture of beer

8,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 February 2021
Employment effect (start)
10 February 2021
Foreseen end date


Dutch brewery Heineken has announced that it will cut 8,000 jobs (almost 10% of its global workforce) worldwide. So far, the company announced the dismissals in the Netherlands (300 jobs) as well as in France (85 jobs), Spain and the UK (up to 100 jobs).

The cuts are part of a global cost-saving and restructuring programme which should lead to around €2 billion cost savings until 2023. The company estimates that the restructuring will cost about €420 million. The programme is related to the COVID-19 pandemic as pubs and restaurants have been closed for several months all over the world. As a result of the pandemic restrictions, the company noted a decrease in sale and profit in 2020 in comparison with the previous year. The conditions of the programme will be negotiated with employees’ representatives according local regulations. Under the restructuring programme, the company is to focus on a more effective and efficient management structure as well as on production and logistics efficiency.

Heineken is the world's second-largest beer brewery, employing 85,000 people worldwide.



Eurofound (2021), Heineken, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 103641, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103641.