Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, Argentina, Brazil, North America
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

30,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 November 2016
Employment effect (start)
18 November 2016
Foreseen end date


On Friday 18 of November, at a press conference in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen announced a cut of 30000 jobs.

Jobs will be cut in Germany (up to 23,000) but also in North America, Brazil, and Argentina. The cuts are part of the restructuring design of the brand and staff reduction is planned through partial and early retirement and reduction of part-time staff.

Volkswagen is the Europe’s largest automaker and has recently struggled with low profits. The restructuring will help the company to recover from the diesel emissions scandal.

The company intends to invest into the development of electric and self driving cars; the management pledge is to create 9000 new jobs in the area of electric cars, mainly at factories in Germany.


  • 18 November 2016: The Guardian
  • 18 November 2016: Fortune


Eurofound (2016), Volkswagen, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 89160, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89160.