Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
plants in Germany and other not specified European countries
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

11,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 August 2011
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2011
Foreseen end date
31 December 2015


E.on, an energy service provider, said it would cut up to 11000 jobs globally. E.on has not yet detailed were the job cuts would take place. However, the German trade union Ver.di expects that 6000 jobs will be lost in Germany. Other sources point to plants in Munich, Hanover, Dusseldorf and Essen as threatened with closure. 

E.on stresses that the reduction of 11000 jobs will not necessarily be reached by forced redundancies. Next to its German operations, E.on is active in the UK, Romania, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Spain and France. No details were given regarding the possible job cuts in these countries.

The company claims the need to cut costs, seen a loss making second quarter of 2011, weak energy and gas prices and the imminent German nuclear retreat.

UPDATE 25-05-2012: Eon specified some of its restructuring plans. Its sections for accounting and personnel matters will be centralized in Berlin, Germany, and Cluj, Romania, implying the relocation of 1,100 jobs. 1,200 jobs, which are included in the previously announced 11,000 job cuts, will be cut in these departments.


  • 1 August 2011: Sueddeutsche Zeitung
  • 10 August 2011: The Wall Street Journal


Eurofound (2011), E.on, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 72580, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72580.