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

1,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 April 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


Oil company Shell is the latest major employer in the industry to announce a major restructure.  Worldwide the company is set to cut 10,000 jobs with 1,600 jobs to be lost in the UK. Although the price of oil is a large part of the reason for the job cuts, the company is also looking to restructure and remove duplication following its takeover of the BG group which happened in February 2016. The UK job losses are expected to come from sites formerly trading as BG group. 

Sites in Reading, Aberdeen and Manchester are all due to close. The Manchester site will close by the end of 2017, whereas the other two sites will close by the end of 2016. The numbers employed at each of the sites are not being reported. It is understood that there may be some options for staff to be redeployed within the company and that staff will also be offered voluntary redundancy packages. 


  • 25 April 2016: Sky news
  • 25 April 2016: BBC Website


Eurofound (2016), Shell, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 87490, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87490.