Oil giant Shell to axe up to 9,000 jobs in cost-cutting shake-up


Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting shake-up.

The restructuring is part of the company’s efforts to adapt to a low-carbon future and becoming more “streamlined” with the severe impact of COVID-19 – which caused a slump in demand for oil and a collapse in prices – also a factor.

Shell, which had 83,000 employees at the end of 2019, said that the reorganisation will lead to annual savings of up to $2.5bn (£1.9bn) by 2022.

It said the shake-up was expected to result in 7,000 to 9,000 job cuts – including around 1,500 who have agreed to take voluntary redundancy this year – by the end of 2022.

The company would not give a breakdown of how its workforce in different countries would be affected.

Chief executive Ben van Beurden said it was aiming to become a “simpler, more streamlined, more competitive organisation that is more nimble and able to respond to customers”.

He said cost-cutting could include areas such as travel, use of contractors and virtual working, and that the pandemic had shown the company can adapt to working in new ways, but stressed that “a large part of the cost saving for Shell will come from having fewer people”.

The restructuring comes after rival BP in June revealed a shake-up which will see 10,000 jobs go globally, including 2,000 in the UK.

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