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HR firms take over 79 Statoil jobs

Statoil-in-Offshore-Mozambique-Farmout09 April 2014, News Wires – Statoil has outsourced 79 jobs to a pair of human resources firms as part of the Norwegian state player’s plans to outsource more than 300 posts to save on costs.

The explorer said about two-thirds of the 79 workers, 69 of which are in Norway, would be offered jobs with the new providers.

Chief financial officer Torgrim Reitan said that the switch was motivated by the need to ensure HR services “are available across time zones and borders, and at the same time have a justifiable cost level”.

Oslo-based Zalaris is taking on around 30 of the roles in HR operations.

The cloud-based payroll and HR outsourcing specialist said it would open new service centres in Stavanger and Porsgrunn to serve the five-year contract, which will include administering travel expenses for Statoil’s global workforce as well as HR reporting services and other functions for operations in Norway.

A spokesperson for Zalaris told Upstream that all of the 30 affected employees would be offered jobs with the company in their current place of residence.

“We are used to such processes, some months ago we successfully welcomed 21 new colleagues from Telenor,” the spokesperson said.

The new Zalaris office in Stavanger will service all of the company’s oil & gas clients, she added.

Another 49 jobs in HR recruitment will go to UK-headquartered recruiter Alexander Mann Solutions.

It was also reported in Norwegian media this week that Statoil was considering outsourcing another 145 jobs in its personnel department.

The company announced plans earlier this year to cut 230 jobs in its IT, functions, management, and finance and control departments.

It later added another 100 job cuts at its business development department, according to Norwegian business daily DN.


– Upstream

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