Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Berlin, Hamburg
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 March 2018
Employment effect (start)
20 March 2018
Foreseen end date
1 July 2020


The Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall will be cutting 600 jobs in Germany by 2020. Last year, Vattenfall sold its German lignite assets (brown coal) and had already announced it would decrease the number of employees. The company plans to save €200 million in order to stay competitive and make room for more investment. Cuts will mainly take place in Berlin and Hamburg, but the exact distribution of job cuts has yet to be published.

The United Services Union Verd.i announced that it strongly opposes these plans.

All in all, Vattenfall will be cutting 1,500 jobs in Europe.

As of March 2018, Vattenfall has 20,000 employees worldwide.


  • 20 March 2018: Hamburger Abendblatt (online)
  • 20 March 2018: Merkur Online


Eurofound (2018), Vattenfall, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 93631, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93631.