Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

700 - 1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 April 2012
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


Ireland's semi-state electricity company the ESB has announced 1,000 redundancies, as part of a restructuring and cost-cutting plan, after workers voted in favour in a ballot. It is reported that the €140m annual labour cost reductions include 700 voluntary redundancies, and an additional 300 staff who are due to retire by 2015 will not be replaced.

The ESB has suggested that the voluntary redundancies and retirements would comprise most of the saving sought. The proposals would reduce the ESB workforce from 6,700 to 5,700. It is understood that the voluntary redundancy option will close at the end of May 2012, with approvals due to be completed by the end of July 2012. Staff who apply will be expected to exit the company before the end of 2012. 


  • 11 April 2012: The Irish Independent


Eurofound (2012), Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 73417, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73417.