Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Aberdeen and others
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06.10 - Extraction of crude petroleum

330 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Royal Dutch Shell, the British – Dutch multinational oil company, has announced that it plans to cut 7,000-9,000 jobs, approximately 10% of its global workforce by the end of 2022, as part of a major restructuring. The restructuring is designed to save costs in response to the global transition to clean energy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Shell employs 6,000 people in the UK, the job cuts are expected to affect an estimated 500-650 jobs.

The company’s chief executive said that by the end of the restructuring, Shell would become 'a simpler, more streamlined, more competitive organisation' and added that 1,500 people had already taken voluntary redundancy.

Shell is one of the largest companies in the world, employing 83,000 people worldwide. It has announced that it aims to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050.

Updated, 24/1/2021: Shell has announced that it will cut 330 jobs at its UK-based North Sea oil and gas operations by the end of 2022, as part of the global restructuring announced in Autumn 2020. The redundancies will primarily affect the company’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland, reducing the number of people employed in the Aberdeen office to 1,000.



Eurofound (2020), Shell, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102109, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102109.