Energy services firm Aker Solutions has announced plans to cut nearly 100 jobs in Aberdeen.
The Unite union said it was “angered and dismayed” by the announcement which came “completely out of the blue”.
Aker Solutions said around 95 jobs are expected to be cut and a decision will be made after a full consultation with employees.
The firm said the change is in line with its global focus on delivering greater efficiencies, with the UK business evolving to deliver “digitally enabled services”.
Consequently, it said, there has been a “change to product and manufacturing demand in Aberdeen, subsequently impacting our UK workforce”.
John Boland, regional officer of Unite, said: “The announcement by Aker Solutions that it plans to cut 95 jobs in Aberdeen is a massive blow.
“This is completely out the blue and Unite was given no prior warning that this was on the horizon.
“It was only last year the company was boasting about its commitment to Aberdeen when it opened its upgraded offices but this announcement demonstrates zero commitment to its workforce.
“Unite will immediately engage with our members and do all we can to assist them at this very difficult time with all options on the table.”
The move comes after Aker Solutions unveiled an £8million upgrade to its facilities in Dyce last year to target the growing subsea market and “capitalise on the broader potential” in the global services sector.
Aker Solutions has been in the UK since 1982 and employs about 750 onshore staff in Aberdeen with a total of around 1,750 across the UK.
On the jobs announcement, UK country manager Sian Lloyd Rees said: “In line with our global strategy and continued focus on delivering greater efficiencies, our UK business has evolved to deliver digitally enabled services and enhanced solutions which best meet customer and local market requirements.
“This evolution has included distributing our engineering services and manufacturing work across our international hubs, as well as our technology centre in Reading.
“Consequently, this has resulted in a change to product and manufacturing demand in Aberdeen, subsequently impacting our UK workforce. Following the announced proposals to review current positions across our sites in Aberdeen, we will consult with our people and continue to provide guidance and support to all.
“Our focus on delivering relevant solutions and services to our UKCS customers remains unchanged.”