Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Insurance, Reinsurance And Pension Funding, Except Compulsory Social Security
65 - Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security

350 - 400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Health insurance company Menzis (2600 employees) announced on 14 June 2006 that it will close its establishment in Rotterdam and cut 350 to 400 jobs. According to Menzis forced dismissals are inevitable.

This reorganisation is a consequence of the new health care system in the Netherlands which is in force since January 2006. The introduction of the mandatory uniform health insurance rendered many administrative workers superfluous.

Recently Menzis, Agis (health care insurance) and Delta Lloyd (a major Dutch insurance company) announced their intention to merge. In the months to come the different options will be investigated in order to confirm the merger in October 2006. This merger will create the second largest health insurance company of the Netherlands with a 25% market share (4 million clients), an annual turnover of 7 billion euro and some 6000 employees. Menzis does not rule out that more jobs will be lost in the near future. However the number of jobs in danger is unknown because it is to a large extent dependent on the situation at the other insurance companies.


  • 15 June 2006: De Volkskrant


Eurofound (2006), Menzis, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 63629, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63629.