Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
62 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities

3,300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2010
Foreseen end date


German software developer SAP will cut 3,300 jobs worldwide, according to a company announcement on 28 January 2009. Out of these, 640 jobs will be cut in Germany. The job losses, which are to save EUR 300 to 350 million, will be implemented from 2010. As of January 2009, there is no precise information on where the jobs will be cut. Job cuts will be implemented through natural wastage and socially acceptable measures, SAP said. According to works council information released on 18 Febuary, SAP does not exclude direct dismissals.

It is SAP's first job cut since 1988. Currently, the company employs a global workforce of 51,800. SAP's profits in 2008 exceeded the expectations of analysts, but SAP says the company is reconsidering all variable costs to meet the challenges posed by the economic crisis.  


  • 9 February 2009: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 28 January 2009: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 18 February 2009: Financial Times Deutschland


Eurofound (2009), SAP, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 67964, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67964.