Energy services business Fugro Survey plans to make up to 174 staff redundant while oil giant Total will axe almost 100 of its onshore workforce in Aberdeen.
Fugro - which employs 570 people in Aberdeen
- yesterday started a 90-day consultation on its
across-the-board job losses.
Managing director Jim
Sommerville said: "We had already advised them we were going
to be facing some redundancies. But obviously everybody was
pretty shocked at the numbers involved."
said the cuts were needed to reduce costs and maximise
efficiencies following the takeover of rival Thales
GeoSolutions late last year.
"They are two completely
parallel organisations in Aberdeen at the moment, overlapping
in management and operations," he said.
performance of both companies before the acquisition really
wasn't up to group standard, so we have to do something about
He said Fugro would seek volunteers, after which
compulsory redundancies would be imposed, but added there were
opportunities for staff elsewhere in the Dutch
It employs around 330 staff at its Bridge of Don
site and 240 at the former Thales GeoSolutions base at Dyce,
which will be rebranded and integrated.
That jobs blow
fell as Total, which employs around 525 staff onshore and 100
offshore out of Aberdeen, admitted it was cutting 94 posts at
its Altens base.
Leaked documents reveal Total is set
to distribute voluntary severance letters to its North Sea
workers, as well as terminate main contracts.
spokesman conceded that 30 onshore staff are going voluntarily
and 20 more had been selected for compulsory redundancy as
part of a reorganisation of its UK operations.
staff - ranging from shop floor to senior management - would
leave within the next three to six months.
posts at its Crawpeel Road base will be lost through vacant
positions not being filled, redeployment to other parts of the
world and contractors being laid off when contracts are
The spokesman admitted that Total will now
examine offshore operations, but claimed it was too early to
say whether jobs would be cut.
However, minutes of a
meeting of Total operational staff last month at Aberdeen's
Thistle Hotel showed redundancies had been
The document revealed that two people at the
meeting and offshore installation managers (OIMs) had been
tasked with deciding by a week today who will be included in
an offer to take voluntary
Source: The Press & Journal