According to a newspaper article, software maker SAP is expected to cut 2,600 jobs in Germany as part of the announced major restructuring. A spokesman for the group did not comment Saturday on the specific figure that emerged from a report by the “Handelsblatt.” So far there is only talk that the restructuring will affect a total of 8,000 jobs.

Plans to focus on AI: SAP wants to eliminate 2,600 jobs in Germany

“SAP launched a company-wide restructuring program in January to focus on strategic growth areas such as enterprise AI,” the spokesperson said. AI stands for Artificial Intelligence. “This restructuring affects 8,000 jobs. “We treat affected employees with the utmost care and empathy, offering them, among other things, internal employment alternatives or volunteer programs.” There is close collaboration with the social partners of the respective regions. Therefore, most affected employees will be notified in the coming weeks.

The Handelsblatt referred to an internal email from SAP's European Works Council. For this reason, the commission criticizes the planned major renovation and considers it a measure aimed primarily at reducing costs.

The email said that “management did not adequately justify business logic and did not provide accurate information about inefficiencies,” the newspaper writes. The name of the program “Next Level Transformation” is a euphemism for workforce reductions.

Across Europe, more than 4,000 jobs will be affected by the cuts

According to the report, jobs will also be eliminated in other European countries. Some 4,100 jobs in the area of ​​responsibility of the European Works Council should be eliminated.

As announced by the SAP spokesperson, Europe's largest software manufacturer plans to complete the entire restructuring process worldwide by the end of the first quarter of 2025. “At the same time, we will continue to invest in key growth areas and expect to end 2024 with a stable number of employees”.

The hype around artificial intelligence in the software industry was sparked last year with the launch of the ChatGPT dialogue system. Since then, all software companies want a piece of the long-awaited big pie and are investing a lot of money in this technology.