Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
France, UK
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Other Specialised Wholesale
46.74 - Wholesale of hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies

620 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 March 2013
Employment effect (start)
26 March 2013
Foreseen end date


Swiss-based plumbing and heating distribution company Wolseley is currently anticipating 620 job reductions. As a result of acquiring 22 sites from its competitor Burdens, the company is planning to reduce its UK workforce by approximately 200 staff. Moreover, in an attempt to streamline its operations, Wolseley is planning to sell a major part of its French operations, selling 88 branches in the South of France and closing another 24. This move will result in a further reduction of its workforce by 400 staff. Wolseley is the world’s largest distributor of plumbing and heating products and currently employs around 44,000 staff globally.


  • 26 March 2013: Wolseley company website
  • 27 March 2013: New Statesman


Eurofound (2013), Wolseley, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 75136, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75136.