BP to cut 30 pct of IT staff in upstream business -source

  // Sunday, 04 May 2014 01:15 //

LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - British oil and gas explorer BP will cut around 30 percent of IT jobs in itsinternational upstream division following a review of itssupport services, a source familiar with the situation said.

BP (LSE: BP.L - news) confirmed its support service review may result in IT joblosses, but declined to comment on the number of employeesconcerned.

"This review by upstream IT leadership is ongoing but we doexpect it may result in a reduction in the number of roles overthe next year or so," said a BP spokesman.

A source with direct knowledge of the situation said 30percent of IT staff mainly in the upstream division wereaffected.

The ongoing financial impact on BP from its 2010 oil spillin the Gulf of Mexico has forced it to start a major divestmentprogramme, especially of its production assets.

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