Category: Workforce

Schlumberger cuts another 11,000 jobs in wake of oil crash

Oil field services firm Schlumberger announced Thursday it plans to ax another 11,000 workers, kicking off what could be a second major wave of layoffs across the oil industry.  More »

Survey: Oil workers value job security; oil executives value bonuses

Workers and executives in the oil and gas industry split along the answers they gave to an annual survey about their priorities.  More »

Wages for oil and gas workers are growing the slowest of any industry

Falling oil prices and a slowdown in the energy sector have prompted wage growth in the oil and gas industry — as well as Houston at-large — to come to standstill, according to new data.  More »

Shell’s BG deal adds to North Sea job concern after oil collapse

Shell, employing about 2,400 across the North Sea, targets $2.5 billion of pretax “synergies” a year across the globe from the deal, including staff cuts.  More »

Noble Energy cuts 220 jobs

Noble Energy has slashed 220 jobs, the company announced Tuesday, joining a growing list of oil firms trimming their rolls as they struggle to rein in spending amid falling oil prices.  More »

United Steelworkers reviewing contract proposal from Marathon Petroleum

Workers have been on strike since Feb. 1. Hancock said one of issues is Marathon’s move to dismantle the labor/management partnership that was launched after an explosion and fire killed 15 workers in 2005, when BP owned the refinery.  More »

Hundreds more Houston-area jobs cut as oil-equipment demand falls

Falling oil prices have prompted businesses affiliated with the the energy industry to announce more than 400 job cuts in the Houston area as demand for their products and services falls.  More »

Striking refinery workers in Kentucky will return to work this week

The USW workers went on strike Feb. 1 as part of the original nine sites that launched a nationwide walk out.  More »

The petrochemical industry has billions in projects on tap, but not enough workers to build them

Craft laborers require years of training, but the industry has failed to consistently invest in developing that workforce, leading to a worker shortage plaguing the petrochemical building spree.  More »

Oil layoffs slowed in March, but firms still say 12,800 jobs will get axed

So far, Texas is outpacing every other state in planned layoffs, with 47,000 job cuts this year.  More »

LyondellBasell addresses striking employees in open letter

Kevin Brown, an executive vice president of LyondellBasell, on Wednesday issued the following open letter to striking employees: Kevin Brown letter  More »

Frank’s International says it will cut up to 600 jobs

Job cuts at Frank’s International follow tens of thousands of job cuts in the oil field service industry, a labor-intensive business that has been hammered by falling oil prices since June.  More »

Oil workers in West Texas and New Mexico were underpaid millions, Labor Department says

Among the problems found, employers were failing to include bonus payments when calculating overtime rates, weren’t paying for time spent working off-the-clock and paying flat rates despite the hours worked by employees.  More »

Shell workers in Deer Park end strike

United Steelworkers at Shell Deer Park and Shell Chemical join employees at four Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas who have also ended strikes.  More »

Carbo Ceramics cuts jobs, dividend as oil plunges

The Houston firm, which makes ceramic proppant used in hydraulic fracturing, didn’t say how many jobs would be cut.  More »
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