Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Denmark, US, London, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, China, Singapore, Shanghai.
Manufacturing Of Furniture And Other Manufacturing
Other Manufacturing
32.4 - Manufacture of games and toys

1,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 September 2017
Employment effect (start)
12 September 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


On Tuesday 5 September 2017, the Danish toy manufacturer LEGO announced the plan to cut 1,400 jobs by the end of 2017. The company estimates the need to reduce the global workforce by 8% and while is not yet clear where the job cuts will fall, up to 600 jobs will be lost in Denmark.  The decision to cut jobs is due to the change in demand in established markets (US and Europe) and there is a clear need of simplification of the business model.

Lego employs around 18,200 people worldwide and it has office hubs and factories in Denmark, in the US, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Mexico, Hungary, Czech Republic and China. 


  • 5 September 2017: The Guardian
  • 5 September 2017: CNBC


Eurofound (2017), Lego, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 91875, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91875.