Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.29 - Other food service activities

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 September 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2014
Foreseen end date
1 December 2014


Food service company ESS Support Services will dismiss 100 chefs and cleaning personell currently working on offshore installations in Norwegian waters. The reductions are a reaction to the declining level of activity on the Norwegian continental shelf. This has contributed to the closing of two floatels staffed by ESS, within the end of the year.

100 out of 900 permanent employees will be dismissed, and the company is also temporarily suspending all use of temporary employment. Union representative Oddleiv T√łnnesen says the cuts, which he sees as a result of cutbacks in Statoil, are hitting employees hard and that many are heavily affected.

Several companies in the Norwegian petroleum services industry are also restructuring. According to Teknisk Ukeblad, the total number of job reductions in the industry is 3524, per September 25. DNB estimates the figure to be 4300 jobs.


  • 9 September 2014: Stavanger Aftenblad
  • 9 September 2014: Sysla


Eurofound (2014), ESS Support Services, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 77607, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77607.