Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

2,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 August 2012
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The new restructuring programme of German energy provider RWE ('RWE 2015') will involve the cutting of 2,400 positions, according to a company press release. These cuts will come on top of previously announced redundancies. A timeline for the restructuring has yet to be announced.

Previous media reports had stated that 'RWE 2015' will comprise the selling of subsidiaries (which will reduce the RWE workforce of 72,000 by 5,000), the cutting of 1,000 sales jobs in the UK, of 1,000 positions in eastern Europe and of 1,000 power plant jobs in Germany. There are also reports of over 1,000 low-skilled jobs being relocated to eastern Europe.   

Trade Unions fear that up to 5,000 jobs could be lost.


  • 17 July 2012: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 18 July 2012: Handelsblatt
  • 14 August 2012: RWE


Eurofound (2012), RWE, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 73906, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73906.