Oil giant Shell UK announced plans to shed 250 jobs from its North Sea operations and introduce new offshore shift patterns.
The firm said the move was part of cost saving measures and staff and agency contractors based in Aberdeen, and on installations in the North Sea, were informed of the plans in a meeting today.
Jobs will go this year from Shell UK’s workforce of around 2,400 people, which comprises staff and agency contractors.
Shell also said a decision in principle had been made on a potential “three weeks on, three weeks off” shift pattern, but stressed that was one of several options that would go to consultation with a staff committee.
The 250 jobs to be shed are further to the reduction of 250 announced last summer.
Paul Goodfellow, Shell’s Upstream vice president for the UK and Ireland, said: “The North Sea has been a challenging operating environment for some time. Reforms to the fiscal regime announced in the budget are a step in the right direction, but the industry must redouble its efforts to tackle costs and improve profitability if the North Sea is to continue to attract investment.
“Current market conditions make it even more important that we ensure our business is competitive. Changes are vital if it is to be sustainable. They will be implemented without compromising our commitment to the safety of our people and the integrity of our assets.”