Internal restructuring
Manner-Suomi; Etelä-Suomi; Uusimaa
Location of affected unit(s)
Vet, Higher And Tertiary Education
85.4 - Higher education

320 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 November 2015
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Aalto University in Esbo, Finland, has initiated employer-employee negotiations aiming to cut up to 350 jobs. Negotiations concern all employees except for professors, in total 4100 employees are concerned by the negotiations. The reason for the internal restructuring is reduced funding from the Finnish government. Grants have been lowered by €66 million for the period 2016-2018 . The university board is to save €37 million, €17 million is to be saved by lowering costs for facilities and acquisitions and €17 million through reduction of staff. More external grants are being sought as well. 

The ERM has reported on previous internal restructuring at Aalto University in 2014 when 124 jobs were cut.

The Finnish government is in total reducing the grants to the Finnish universities by €600 million during 2016-2020, leading to redundancies at many of the 14 Finnish universities. The ERM has reported on ongoing employer-employee negotiations at the University of HelsinkiÅbo Akademithe University of Eastern Finland and Lappeenranta Univeristy of Technology

Update 3/2/2016:Following concluded employer-employee negotiations a total of 320 job positions will be cut. 190 employees will be directly dismissed and the remaining 130 positions will be cut by retirements and non-renewal of current contracts.


  • 9 November 2015: Company press release
  • 9 November 2015: Svenska YLE
  • 18 January 2016: Hufvudstadsbladet (HBL)


Eurofound (2015), Aalto University, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 86005, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86005.