Location of affected unit(s)
various cities in the Netherlands
Information / Communication
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
62 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
New offshoring locations

334 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


The American multinational company IBM has confirmed the reduction of 334 employees in the Netherlands to be realised by the end of 2016. The activities, which have not been further specified, will be moved to India, where labour costs are lower. The Dutch central works council had already been notified of pending redundancies adding up to 800 job losses in March 2016, although the 334 job losses, primarily involuntary dismissals, are the first of those to be confirmed. Concrete information on who will be dismissed is to follow on 1 September 2016. IBM has invited and met with the trade unions for discussions, but one of the smaller Dutch trade unions, De Unie, is critical of IBM's willingness to involve trade unions in negotiating a social plan for the reduced employees and has criticised the social plan already negotiated with the works council. De Unie states that the benefits in which it foresees for involuntarily dismissed employees are hardly an improvement on the benefits negotiated previously for employees leaving voluntarily, and is especially critical of the dismissed employee's loss of rights negotiated in the plan in case the employee makes use of the legal right to question the dismissal with the Public Employment Agency. The reductions seem to fall in a major restructuring effort worldwide, particularly felt in the US and Western Europe.


  • 11 July 2016: Computable
  • 14 July 2016: Computable
  • 8 July 2016: Nu.nl


Eurofound (2016), IBM, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Netherlands, factsheet number 88169, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88169.