Crew on Shell’s North Sea platforms are expected to avoid a drastic wage cut, despite being asked to work fewer shifts.
Shell said it would discuss the possibility of introducing performance-related incentives with staff members and trade unions.
The company’s decision to scrap three week, equal time rotas will affect about 800 workers in total, including full-time staff members and contractors.
They are employed on the Shearwater, Gannet and Nelson platforms in the central North Sea, and the Brent Charlie rig in the northern North Sea.
Shell’s full-time staff members currently work 161 shifts per year, while contractors do 182.
The introduction of two weeks on, three weeks off (2:3) rotas from the second quarter of 2019 means all crew members will have 146 shifts per year.
Employees are paid according to the number of shifts they work, so a reduction in take-home pay would be a reasonable expectation.
But Shell expects very few workers to suffer a pay cut due to the proposed introduction of incentives.
The company said its new operating model would combine its operations and maintenance teams, creating a single unit comprised of multi-skilled technicians, all under Shell’s leadership.