When Covid-19 gripped the UK North Sea oil industry, there was only one way for helicopter operators to manage the crisis – take it hour by hour, day by day.
Politians and union bosses have hit out at Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Job Retention Bonus scheme, with some claiming it does “little to nothing” to affect growing North Sea job losses.
A “marked increase” has been noted in the number of workers going out to North Sea platforms, according to industry chiefs.
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 oil industry workers are anticipated to make up the lion’s share of those using the furlough scheme within the UK energy sector.
Many North Sea oilfield service firms are being left in a “desperate situation” over whether to axe staff or pay mounting maintenance costs to keep them on furlough.
Any moves to scale back the UK Government furlough scheme would be “absolutely disastrous” for the North Sea oil and gas sector, an Aberdeen union boss has warned.
Up to 30,000 oil jobs are predicted to go, along with billions of pounds in investment, due to Covid-19 and a 20-year low in oil prices.
Many firms ‘torn’ between protecting business and supporting staff with furlough scheme, OGUK boss says
Many North Sea oil and gas firms are currently “torn” between protecting the long-term sustainability of their business and supporting those staff whose jobs were connected to now delayed or cancelled projects, according to an Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) boss.
A trio of offshore unions are in disagreement with Petrofac after workers were left without answers on being granted the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme.
Oil giant BP has come under fire for flying workers offshore while the results of their coronavirus tests were still outstanding.
Safety fears have been raised about the potential spread of Covid-19 due to a lack of guidance given to oil and gas workers using Aberdeen’s new safe haven hotels.
Tests to help safeguard North Sea oil and gas workers against the outbreak of Covid-19 are “at long last becoming available”, according to a trade union boss.
New UK Government measures to support the self-employed will cause “sleepless nights” for those North Sea workers who have been left in limbo, according to industry experts.
An Aberdeen oil and gas contractor has sacked a number of North Sea workers due to a drop-off in demand related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Hotel rooms should be used to isolate suspected coronavirus infected workers returning from offshore platforms, according to Scottish trade unions.
Apache is the latest in a growing list operators to confirm it is taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the North Sea.
Energy Voice has been running regular articles about the pending HMRC changes that will see the current IR35 arrangement altered to prevent, we are told, tax avoidance.
North-east job losses are thought to be “inevitable” if a potential merger involving two offshore giants takes place, a union boss warned last night.
An Aberdeen-based independence group is to screen a documentary focussing on the energy transition.
North Sea oil and gas companies are dodging responsibility for the well-being of offshore workers at the expense of profit, according to a damning new helicopter safety report.
Inaccurate pay practices by an asset integrity contractor working in the North Sea are to be considered by a global policy think tank, according to a trade union boss.
Firms paying cut-rate wages are stifling the flow of skilled oil and gas workers into the offshore wind sector, according to those representing North Sea seafarers.
Offshore workers could be about to see a shake up in North Sea crew changes in a bid to increase safety.
Concerns were raised last night after a number of north-east workers at a global energy service firm were left in the dark over their future following the company’s announcement of a demerger.