Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.21 - Event catering activities

100 - 125 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
12 May 2020
Foreseen end date


Entier, the Scotland-based catering firm that specialises in providing services offshore on North Sea oil rigs, has made about 100 of its employees redundant with immediate effect.

The company stated that its operations were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and by the consequential reduction in demand for offshore catering services. According to Entier, 'every option' has been considered to avoid layoffs. Nonetheless, the above-mentioned workers have been dismissed, and not put under the UK government’s jobs retention scheme, since the company don’t think activity levels will pick up enough to provide work to them when the scheme will end.

The affected workers have turned to the media, criticising Entier's decision and arguing that they should have been placed on the UK government’s COVID-19 job retention scheme, deserving a 'fight chance'. The trade union Unite is supporting the workers' instances, asking that a job retention scheme would be extended to all of them.

Entier is the Scotland’s largest privately-owned catering business, with a group turnover of £50 million in 2017.



Eurofound (2020), Entier, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100727, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100727.