Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61 - Telecommunications

6,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 June 2018
Employment effect (start)
21 June 2018
Foreseen end date
1 January 2021


As announced on 21 June 2018, T-Systems, a subsidiary of the Germany-based telecommunications service provider Deutsche Telekom will be cutting 6,000 jobs until 2021 due to internal restructuring. Furthermore T-Systems will reduce its 230 branches to 20.

The restructuring is scheduled to start in the middle of this year, with tighter management structures: instead of the previous eight hierarchical levels, there will be three left. The job cuts in the first year will focus on administration and management. In the second year, the focus will primarily be on merging the so-called delivery centers, where employees look after the customers. 

T-Systems hopes that it will save up to €600 million in costs with the help of this massive job reduction programme. T-Systems CEO said that he knows that the job reduction programme will be expensive, but he intends to make cuts as socially acceptable as possible.

Currently, T-Systems has 17,800 employees in Germany.


  • 21 June 2018: FAZ Online
  • 21 June 2018: Die Zeit (online)
  • 21 June 2018: Handelsblatt
  • 22 June 2018: T-system press release


Eurofound (2018), T-Systems, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 94442, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94442.