More than 4,500 “heartbreaking” North Sea job losses have already taken place in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and oil price rout, it is understood.
North Sea job losses
Rising unemployment and a fall in the number of people north of the border “paint a worrying picture” Scottish Secretary David Mundell said yesterday.
Norwegian seismic surveyor Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) said today that cost reductions at the company would lead to job losses.
A major North-east engineering firm has announced it will enter a consultation process regarding potential redundancies.
A Scottish trade union called for “urgent government action” to protect jobs in the North Sea in the wake of a report which revealed plummeting investment in the region.
An Arbroath-based oil and gas technology firm has folded due to a slowdown in orders, putting 36 people out of work.
A trend for for job cuts which has seen thousands of oil and gas workers across the north-east being made redundant is tapering off, new figures have shown.
A trade union said yesterday that it had organised a two-day strike next week over a dispute about redundancy pay for workers at a subsea engineering firm in Fife.
General Electric Oil and Gas said today it is in consultation with workers in Peterhead after revealing plans to close its site in the town later this year.
A north-east businessman who set up a seafood business after losing his oil and gas job has set up a new online fresh fish delivery service.
As a consequence of the oil and gas downturn, a number of employers are having to make difficult decisions around redundancies.
A north-east mechanical engineer is fine-tuning his passion for building and repairing cars and motorbikes, including Harley Davidsons, after losing his job in oil and gas. Petrol head Adam Grozier suffered the same fate as thousands of other people in the region in March when he was laid off by a US oil service firm. After a career in the sector spanning 25 years, most of which was spent working in Russia, Mr Grozier decided the time was ripe to set up his own company.
Two north-east electrical engineers are celebrating one of their biggest contract wins since ditching oil and gas careers to set up their own company in Aberdeenshire. Stuart Munro and Jim Middleton founded i-Protech Technology in October after becoming disillusioned with the energy sector. Their business, which specialises in electrical and security services, has been growing quickly and has worked for a range of businesses in Aberdeen city and shire.
Axed employees of North Sea oil and gas firms attending a careers fair at Robert Gordon University said yesterday they were ready to embrace opportunities in other sectors. Others said the lack of opportunities in the north-east had become chronic and they were even contemplating uprooting their families and leaving the region. Michelle Cormack, above, found out she was being laid off in April after two years as a receptionist at offshore survival firm Falck.
Should businesses in the north of Scotland look to the Tees Valley area in England for some guidance on how to triumph over adversity and diversify the economy?
In a law case from 1884 − Regina v. Dudley and Stephens − the accused were found guilty of murdering their ship mate Richard Parker in a lifeboat. It was decided by five judges in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, “that one must not kill one`s shipmate in order to eat them no matter how hungry one might be”. It may come as a surprise that right up until 1884 stories of cannibalism in lifeboats were not uncommon. The drawing of lots was often used to decide matters − noble sacrifice or murder, either way there was a level of consent to the unfortunates’ departure. By now many will have seen the feature film “In the Heart of the Sea” about the fate of the survivors of the Essex, a Nantucket whaling ship lost in 1820.