Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
46 - Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

209 - 300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
296 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
13 April 2021
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The international wholesale chain Makro Nederland reorganises its structure, as a result, at least 209 employees will be discharged and 296 new full-time positions will be created. 

Layoffs involve the sales operation division. However, employees who lose their position are encouraged to apply for a new position.

A social plan is in place but was signed by just one of the three trade unions involved. 

The company concludes the reorganisation will result in net job creation. However, employee representatives are critical of the reorganisation, viewing it as a cost-cutting operation as it forces long-serving employees to re-apply for a new job with a significantly lower wage.

Makro Nederland, part of the German Metro group, has 3,400 employees. Last year, the company recorded a loss of € 45 million.



Eurofound (2021), Makro, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 104607, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/104607.