EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Wood Group

Wood Group

Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): UK, US, Middle East


Sector: Mining / quarrying
Mining and quarrying
09.10 - Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction
Number Employed: 41000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-02-2015
Planned Job Reductions min: 4000
Planned Job Reductions max: 5000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2015
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2015

Additional Information

Wood Group, a provider of support services to the oil industry, has announced that it has reduced its headcount by 13 per cent over the first six months of 2015.

According to press reports, this amounts to job losses of 4000 to 5000, out of a global workforce of 41,000. Approximately 1,000 jobs were lost in the UK  3,000 in the US and 1,000 in the Middle East. The cuts are assumed to have affected temporary contractors rather than full-time employees. The job losses were announced in February. They reflect challenging conditions in the oil and gas markets, which have affected demand for Wood Group's services.