Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
UK + other countries worldwide
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

4,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 June 2018
Employment effect (start)
15 June 2018
Foreseen end date
15 June 2020


The plane engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced to cut  4,600 positions worldwide over the next two years as part of a restructuring plan.  About 3,000 job cuts will affect workforce in the UK,  where Rolls-Royce currently employs 26,000 people. According to a spokesperson for Rolls-Royce, up to 2,000 redundancies could be made this year. Mostly support and management roles will be cut. The company aims to save 400 million pounds ($537 million) over the next two years and aims to improve profitability. Most of the job cuts will be in middle management jobs and will also affect engineers working on early-stage design. Rolls-Royce said it was still hiring engineers in electrification and digitalisation. It is the company’s biggest round of redundancies since 2002 when Rolls-Royce announced 5,000 job cuts worldwide. Large restructuring have been also announced in 2003 (1,100 job cuts in the UK) and in 2008 (2,300 job cuts world-wide). 


  • 14 June 2018: The Guardian
  • 14 June 2018: New-York Times


Eurofound (2018), Rolls-Royce, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 94322, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94322.