National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV) has begun trimming its workforce for the second time this year, two people familiar with the matter said this week, as oil producers cut spending budgets.
The Houston, Texas-based oilfield equipment and service provider last quarter rolled out a voluntary early retirement program and said it was reorganizing operations to reduce costs as part of a broader restructuring plan. The latest cuts, which are already underway, are in addition to those job reductions, the people said.
Newer staffing cuts are aimed at eliminating redundant functions within the company, such as marketing or recruitment, one person said. It was not immediately clear how many employees would be affected.
A spokesman for NOV declined to comment.
Oilfield service companies are buckling under slowing demand for their equipment and services, as concerns of tepid oil demand growth and oversupply persist and investors pressure energy companies to restrain spending and focus on returns.
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Spending by top oil and gas producers is projected to drop by 11% this year over 2018 to $58.4 billion, according to the latest tally of 47 companies by investment firm Cowen & Co.
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