Internal restructuring
Stockholm; Stockholms län;
Location of affected unit(s)
Stockholm (Stockholms län)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Programming And Broadcasting Activities
60 - Programming And Broadcasting Activities

240 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 December 2023
Employment effect (start)
20 December 2023
Foreseen end date


The Swedish streaming company Spotify has announced that they will lay off 17% of total staff, which amounts to around 1500 employees globally. Of these 1500 layoffs, around 240 will affect Sweden, according to the Swedish Engineering union. Spotify has not yet given an official number of employees expected to be let go and has stated that the number in Sweden will be lower than 240. According to the company, the reason for these layoffs is a worsening of economic conditions and an increased demand for making profit.

According to Spotify, laid-off employees will be able to receive an average of five months' salary in severance pay, depending on their length of service. Spotify does not have a collective bargaining agreement, and according to the Swedish trade union, Unionen, representing parts of the company staff, it would have been able to better represent the employees collectively with a collective agreement in place.

The company is expecting further layoffs in 2024 and 2025. Currently, Spotify employs 1,846 employees in Sweden and 9,241 globally. This is the third wave of layoffs at Spotify this year, with the company letting Spotify 2023 - World 600 employees go in the beginning of the year as well as 200 employees in June.


  • 4 December 2023: Ny stor nedskärning på Spotify – 240 svenska tjänster drabbas (www.svt.se)
  • 4 December 2023: An Update on December 2023 Organizational Changes (newsroom.spotify.com)
  • 4 December 2023: Facken om Spotify: Hade varit bättre med kollektivavtal (www.expressen.se)


Eurofound (2023), Spotify, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 200592, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200592.