Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

6,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 December 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


Employing 161,310 people in 2004, Électricité de France (EDF) is Europe’s largest electricity utility and supplies 22% of the European Union’s power needs. The French group announced plans to cut its workforce in the next two years. According to management, about 6,000 jobs will go by replacing only 'one in three or four' of the 9,000 employees retiring until 2007. This reduction represents about 3.72% of its total workforce. Following the announcement, shares of the state-controlled energy group EDF rose above their issue price of €32 for the first time since the flotation of the company on 21 November 2005. Unions have fiercely protested against what they perceive as a financial project, expressing concerns about capital expenditure underinvestment that might impact on the security of supply of the EU power system.


  • 9 December 2005: Le Monde


Eurofound (2005), EDF Energy, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 62630, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62630.