Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, UK, the Netherlands
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.11 - Production of electricity

3,000 - 3,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 September 2013
Employment effect (start)
20 September 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


On 20 September 2013, the German electricity producer RWE announced its intention to reduce its workforce at its Generation SE unit in the upcoming months.

While the company has not officially confirmed any numbers, according to industry insiders the job cuts will affect around 3,000 - 3,400 staff by the end of 2018.

The majority of job cuts will be carried out in Germany (approx. 2,300 positions), followed by the UK (approx. 900 positions) and the Netherlands (approx. 200 positions).

According to media reports, these restructuring measures have become necessary due to weak electricity demand in Europe and an increase in the output of alternative energy.

The company currently employs more than 70,000 staff.

For previous restructuring see RWE-EU2012.


  • 21 September 2013: Bloomberg
  • 21 September 2013: Reuters
  • 20 September 2013: Die Welt


Eurofound (2013), RWE, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 75892, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75892.