Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
mainly the UK and Netherlands
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 December 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods maker Unilever has announced that it is to cut 250 jobs (full-time positions) worldwide as a part of its restructuring plan to consolidate its research and development activities. The restructuring would mainly affect the company's research centres in the UK and Netherlands. Unilever attributed the job cuts to the need to improve efficiency and to cut costs. A Unilever spokesman said none of its six international research sites would close, but there was likely to be a shift in resources towards the markets of Asia (Bangalore in India and Shanghai in China). As of December 2008, there is no information on when the job losses will occur.


  • 1 December 2008: Reuters


Eurofound (2008), Unilever, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 68043, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68043.