Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Several locations
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Postal And Courier Activities
53.1 - Postal activities under universal service obligation

2,000 - 2,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
1,600 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
27 February 2017
Employment effect (start)
27 February 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


The Dutch postal and courier service, PostNL, announced on 27 February 2017 that it will reduce 500 to 600 full time equivalent (FTEs) positions per year until 2020, which is expected to come to a total of 2,000 to 2,400 job losses. PostNL's management has stated the internal restructuring is required to reduce costs as mail delivery has decreased by nearly 10% over the course of 2016. The company hopes that many of the job reductions can be fulfilled through national attrition. 

Inversely, the delivery of packages, due to e-commerce activities, is increasing, through which PostNL hopes to create 1,600 FTEs by 2020.   

As of February 2017, PostNL has approximately 24,000 full time equivalent positions, which are filled by 46,500 workers. 


  • 27 February 2017: Volkskrant


Eurofound (2017), PostNL, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 92893, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92893.