31 December 2007, 9:41am
A chill wind is blowing through the corridors of Royal Dutch Shell as the oil titan gears up for an aggressive cost-cutting exercise.
Some 3,200 positions could be outsourced to external providers as the Anglo-Dutch firm slashes its information technology budget, according to an email from a Shell staffer disclosed by ‘gripe site’ royaldutchshellplc.com.
Financial jobs are also set to be shed as Shell reduces cross-border overlaps and shunts workers into a handful of major centres.
A spokesman refused to discuss job numbers but confirmed Shell is aiming for £250m a year of cost savings, including by outsourcing a ‘substantial’ chunk of its IT division.
Chief executive Jeroen van der Veer has been trimming fat as he grapples with the rising cost of production.