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Shell plans 400 job cuts at Dutch projects and technology department

By dailymail / Published on Monday, 31 Jul 2017 10:32 AM / No Comments


The proposed restructuring, which will also see dozens of research roles move from the Netherlands to Bangalore, India, highlights how lower oil prices are prompting the Anglo-Dutch oil giant to shift away from the mega-projects which have been its focus for over 20 years.

It also underscores an increasing shift of higher-value roles, such as research to lower cost countries.

“There will be fewer one-of-a-kind highly complex mega-projects and proportionately more simple to medium complex projects… This heralds a more ‘commoditised’ world for project delivery,” said the document, which was given to royaldutchshellplc.com, an independent website used by Shell staff, and seen by Reuters.

In addition to staff cuts, Shell aims to reduce costs by outsourcing more “lower value-adding” design work, reducing the number of staff on expensive expatriate employment packages and by cutting layers of management in its project and technology operations.