Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Bielefeld, Guetersloh and other locations
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.5 - Manufacture of domestic appliances

240 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 October 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2021


Miele, a leading German manufacturer of high-end whiteware, announced the restructuring programme 'Design2Excellence', which will lead to the loss of 240 jobs in Germany until the end of 2021. The job cuts in Germany will affect various plants, including the washing machine plant in Gütersloh and the manufacturing plant in Bielefeld. In Bielefeld, 180 jobs shall be cut. The management will avoid direct dismissals and will try to cut positions via natural fluctuation. However, the negotiations with the workers' council are ongoing.

The restructuring programme was announced following on a business analysis by a consultant agency. The restructuring programme shall save about €190 million per year and is seen as a preventive measure in line with the growing role of digitalisation and growing competition by foreign companies.  

By 2022 the company will cut 830 existing positions worldwide, but shall also create 470 new job possibilities. Currently, Miele employs a total of 11,000 workers in Germany. About 70% of the turnover is reached in foreign markets.



Eurofound (2019), Miele, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 99161, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99161.