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37 jobs go at Co Antrim IT firm

By Rachel Martin

Published 20/11/2015

A multinational supplier of technology and IT equipment to oil and gas companies has said 37 jobs are at risk in Northern Ireland.

US firm Schlumberger, which employs 260 people here, plans to cut staff at its Newtownabbey factory by more than 10%. The redundancies are expected to come into force just before Christmas, on December 14, after a 45-day consultation period.

A spokeswoman for the company blamed the downturn in the oil and gas industry. "Unfortunately, a further weakening of the oil price has delayed the anticipated market recovery and as a result, we are facing a reduction in activity," she said.

"We have to match our resources with demand. We have entered into a consultation process regarding a headcount reduction. Schlumberger Belfast management will meet with employees to discuss options."

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