Category: Workforce

Union workers press their case for contract demands at Lyondell refinery

Current contracts expire at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 1. for most of the 30,000 oil workers – including 5,000 in Houston – covered by the labor agreements. The United Steelworkers represent about 475 workers at the LyondellBasell Refinery.  More »

BP cuts jobs in Houston as it trims Gulf of Mexico business

Late last year, BP said it would incur restructuring charges of $1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 through the end of 2015.  More »

Now is the worst time to get off the oil & gas career rollercoaster

If you have any interest at all in this business beyond just the money, you are doing a disservice to your future if you throw in the towel now.  More »

Hurdles remain for women in energy

Women have made strides in the energy industry, but there’s still a lack of women in some engineering and management positions, a panel of female energy sector executives said Monday.  More »

Big and small picture insights from the week of one oil & gas young professional

After a trip to Denver to visit my client last week, I look back with mixed feelings: a great, great few days for me personally where I came away feeling that I am absolutely on the right career path, but another bad week for the industry, which looks like it must prepare for a downturn that won’t end soon.  More »

Schlumberger to cut 9,000 employees, including in Houston

Schlumberger’s profits fell 82 percent in the fourth quarter as it wrote down $1.7 billion in assets.  More »

BP, ConocoPhillips to cut 530 jobs in the North Sea

In separate announcements Thursday, they said they’re both targeting jobs that support the offshore oil fields between the United Kingdom and Norway that have seen operational challenges and maturing petroleum basins in recent years  More »

Canadian oil firm to cut 1,000 jobs, curb spending

Suncor will also gut its operational expenses by $600 million to $800 million over the next two years.  More »

Halliburton cuts jobs in Houston

Halliburton Co. said Tuesday it has cut jobs in Houston because of weakening market conditions as oil prices slide but refused to say how many employees were let go.  More »

Investment firm lays off 150 employees from oil field companies

OFS Energy’s layoffs come after oil field service companies like Halliburton and Hercules Offshore have announced sizable layoffs in November and December.  More »

Shell to cut 5 to 10 percent of 3,000 oil sands jobs

A Shell official characterized the move as unrelated to the drop in commodity prices and intended to keep the company efficient and competitive.  More »

Oil driller laying off 700 in California

Ensign Energy Services told state authorities the layoffs, expected to start Dec. 15, 2014, come because of circumstances beyond its control.  More »

Fewer workers expected at the oil patch next year, lodging firm says

An oil field lodging company’s job cuts in North America is the latest harbinger of a downturn and a dwindling number of inhabitants in Texas and North Dakota’s oil patches.  More »

One oil & gas young professional’s look back at 2014

Time is going to pass anyways, so you may as well put in the work now, and – much faster than you realize it – you will get to reap the spoils.  More »

Oil-field lodging company slashes jobs, curbs spending

Houston oil-field lodgings company Civeo Corp. said it has slashed its workforce in the United States by 45 percent and in Canada by 30 percent as it prepares for weaker occupancy rates at its oil-field camps next year.  More »
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