- BP Set To Slash 100s Of Jobs Amid Oil’s “Unequivocally Good” Slump (ZeroHedge, Dec 7, 2014):
The slump in oil prices has BP “concentrating minds on making the organisation more efficient” which means, as The FT translates, the ‘unequivocally good news’ of lower oil prices is accelerating plans for the oil giant to reduce its headcount. The Sunday Times reports, BP is to ax middle managers and freeze projects as Brian Gilvary, the finance director, said: “what you’ll see with this simplification plan is that headcounts are starting to come down across all of our activities in upstream, downstream and in the corporate centres — essentially the layers above operations.” Gilvary added that the company would slash the oil price assumption used to set its day-to-day budget.
BP will announce on Wednesday that hundreds of jobs will be lost at offices in London, Sunbury and Aberdeen as part of huge global staff cuts resulting from plunging oil prices and the Gulf of Mexico spill. Continue reading »