Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Leiden, offshore marine area
Construction Of Buildings And Infrastructure Engineering
Civil Engineering
42.99 - Construction of other civil engineering projects n.e.c.

150 - 250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2018
Foreseen end date
30 June 2018


The Dutch construction company of offshore drilling platforms Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has announced the reduction of 250 jobs, yet another reorganisation following from the crisis in the offshore industry due to persistently low oil prices. 50 job losses will fall among fleet personnel and 200 among office personnel. Of the total number of job reductions, the majority will be concentrated at headquarters in Leiden (west Netherlands), and the remaining cuts will fall in London, Houston, and Singapore. The second-largest union CNV has expressed sorrow, but not surprise, at the announcement. The unions are being consulted about a redundancy plan. It is the second time within a year that the Heerema Group, which consists of HMC and HFG (Heerema Fabrication Group), has announced a restructuring. In November 2016 HFG announced the reduction of 349 jobs at its shipyards.


  • 24 October 2017: fd.nl
  • 25 October 2017: omroepwest.nl
  • 24 October 2017: nieuws.nl


Eurofound (2017), HMC, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 92358, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92358.