Aberdeen helicopter firm Bristow cuts jobs due to oil and gas downturn

Leading helicopter operator Bristow Helicopters has announced further job losses in the face of “continued challenges” caused by the downturn of the oil and gas industry.

Up to 15 employees will be made redundant at bases in Aberdeen and Surrey, after the company’s recent financial results reported a net loss of £60 million during the first three months of 2017. With industry conditions expected to remain challenging, the financial report revealed that Bristow planned to maintain efforts to drive down operating costs.

A spokesman for the company said: “As a result of the continued challenges in the oil and gas industry, we have announced proposals involving 15 redundancies from corporate and office support functions within our Aberdeen and Redhill locations.

“We are consulting with our trade unions and employees over these proposals, and will support our employees through this process. Our focus remains on providing safe and efficient services to our clients.”

Employees were informed of the job cuts at the end of June, with Bristow confirming that redundancies would be made in the corporate and office support departments.

The move follows Bristow and other rival firms cutting North Sea pilot jobs last summer as a result of the continuing industry slump – condemned at the time by BALPA, which represents the interest of all UK pilots, as a “serious blow” during a turbulent time for the North Sea economy.

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