Norway -Transfer of jobs to low-cost states considered -October 14, 2015

The problematic outlook in the oil and energy sector probably will get another blow as Statoil, still the country’s biggest company, is seriously evaluating whether to move hundreds of administrative jobs to a lower-cost ‘business centre,’ probably in an eastern European country. The move would have serious consequences to the Stavanger area where Statoil is based, with economists predicting the region faces at least three more years of declining real estate prices and harder times. At the moment, the company is still working to finish the early downsizing processes, which have reduced the total staffing by around 20% since 2013. The last round will result in between 1,000 and 1,500 workers leaving the company within the 2016.


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