Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; North Eastern Scotland; Aberdeen City
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06 - Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 March 2015
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Oil Company Shell has announced plans to cut its workforce by 250 after a sharp fall in the price of oil.

Contractors and employees will be cut, though it is not reported the balance of the cuts between the two groups of workers. The cuts constitute more than 10% of the total 2,400 Shell North Sea workforce. This restructuring is part of the global 10,000 job cuts announced earlier during the year. In addition to the cuts, Shell have announced that remaining workers will have their working hours increased so that workers will be half on, half off over the course of a year.

The company has said that the cuts are partly attributable to the fall in oil prices. The GMB union has criticised Shell for using the price fluctuation in the oil market to undermine the pay and conditions of its staff.


  • 26 March 2015: The Guardian


Eurofound (2015), Shell, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 79198, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/79198.