Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Rijskwijk, Amsterdam
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Scientific Research And Development
72.19 - Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 July 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2017
Foreseen end date
30 June 2018


The oil and gas extraction company, Shell Netherlands, has informed the unions and works council that it intends to cut an estimated 400 hundred jobs between the last quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. The job reductions are due to a shift in focus from large-scale extraction of oil and gas to the processing and trading of oil and gas in response to persistently low oil prices.

The job cuts will mainly affect researchers and office staff of the research department 'Projects & Technology', which is located in Rijswijk and Amsterdam. Some research roles are announced to be moved to Bangalore, India. Negotiations with the trade unions are still underway, which means the precise number of job reductions is yet uncertain. Some redundant staff may be able to move to different positions in the company.

The announced redundancies follow the loss of several hundred jobs in the Netherlands in 2016, which were part of the worldwide restructuring effort cutting 10,000 jobs. Shell Netherlands is part of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, which has a presence in over 70 countries and employs some 92,000 persons worldwide.


  • 31 July 2017: Reuters.com
  • 31 July 2017: rtlz.nl
  • 26 July 2017: fd.nl
  • 26 July 2017: Nos.nl


Eurofound (2017), Shell, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 91692, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91692.