Internal restructuring
Nordrhein-Westfalen; Münster; Gelsenkirchen
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06.1 - Extraction of crude petroleum

580 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
20 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 February 2016
Employment effect (start)
12 February 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


Oil Company BP confirmed plans to cut between 270 and 307 jobs in its refinery in Gelsenkirchen by 2020. BP already announced these plans in January, however, at the time the company did not mention any concrete numbers or locations.

The management assured that dismissals due to operational reasons are to be avoided. The executive board and the works’ council are currently negotiating severance packages which will feature retirements, outsourcing and termination agreements.

The main cause of these job reductions are continuous decreasing oil prices and resulting losses in 2015. In additiion, competition is becoming increasingly fierce in the petrol station and refinery market across Europe. Nevertheless, there is also an increase in demand for engineers at BP's site in Gelsenkirchen. About 20 new positions will be filled. Moreover, there are no indications for further redundancies.

BP currently employs 5,500 staff in Germany.

Update 04/04/2016:

On 31st March, BP reported on the results of the negotiations with employee representatives. In total, 580 jobs will be cut in Germany. Further job cuts are a result of the disbanding of the Ruhr Oel Venture, a joint venture between BP and the Russian oil company Rosneft. At the company's administration site in Bochum 210 jobs will be cut by the end of 2017. A further 370 jobs will be cut in the refineries in Gelsenkirchen (270) and Lingen (100) by the end of 2020. Dismissals due to operational reasons are to be avoided. Severance packages for employees seeking to leave the company voluntary are being negotiated.


  • 12 February 2016: Der Westen (online)
  • 11 January 2016: BP press release
  • 31 March 2016: BP press release
  • 31 March 2016: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung Online


Eurofound (2016), BP, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 86489, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86489.