Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
All over the Netherlands
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Insurance, Reinsurance And Pension Funding, Except Compulsory Social Security
65.12 - Non-life insurance

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 December 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


The Dutch insurance provider Achmea, which owns a range of brands providing health, indemnity and income insurance policies, has announced an extension of the internal restructuring programme started in 2013, adding 2,000 job reductions to the already implemented 4,000, to be completed by 2020. Continued redundancies are deemed necessary for the company to be 'future-proof', with a smaller, more efficient workforce, cost reductions of €200 million, and an improved online service provision. Jobs will be lost across the board in the company, and Achmea expects that forced redundancies will be inevitable. The unions have responded with shock and concern over the continuing wave of dismissals in the financial sector. Achmea is market leader in the Netherlands in health insurance, and further has activities in Greece, Turkey, Slovakia, Ireland and Australia, employing some 2,500 employees outside of the Netherlands.


  • 15 December 2016: nrc.nl
  • 15 December 2016: De Financiële Telegraaf
  • 15 December 2016: De Volkskrant


Eurofound (2016), Achmea, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 89726, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89726.