Maersk Oil UK has launched a consultation period following an announcement to staff regarding potential job losses.
It’s understood between 30 and 35 onshore jobs could be affected by the move, which is in line with a number of companies who have previously announced redundancies, including Shell and BP.
The company said the changes would also see the number of contractors reduced by 19.
A Maersk Oil UK spokesman said, “This is a very difficult time for those colleagues affected, and they will be offered as much support as possible. Given the high costs of operating in the UKCS alongside the decline in oil price, in common with many other operators it’s a step the business has to take to ensure a sustainable and efficient organisation.
“Any changes will be implemented without compromising the safety of our colleagues and the reliable operation of our assets.”
Staff were informed of the changes at a Town Hall style meeting in Aberdeen today following an email yesterday to confirm a meeting would take place.
Those affected by the move are expected to be provided with full outplacement support and counselling.
Last week, EnQuest announced changes to shift patterns could mean a reduction in headcount of more than 100 contracted employees.
The oil firm, had previously announced to staff it was considering a move to a three on, three off shift pattern, in line with a number of companies including Shell and Chevron.
A consultation period is currently being carried out and is expected to last around 30 days.
A number of companies have made reductions in staff since the decline in oil price last year.
Last month, Shell said it would be reducing the number of staff and agency contractors working on its North Sea operations by 250.