Exxon to cut 1,600 jobs across Europe as oil rout weighs

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FILE PHOTO: Logos of ExxonMobil are seen in its booth at Gastech, the world's biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba

(Reuters) – U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil <XOM.N> said on Monday it plans to reduce its European workforce by up to 1,600 across the company’s affiliates by the end of 2021 as part of its global review.

Exxon said country-specific cuts will depend on the oil major’s local business footprint and market conditions, after the COVID-19 pandemic hammered demand for its products and crude prices tanked.

Oil majors are axing jobs, lowering spending and curbing dividends in order to save cash amid a dismal outlook over energy prices which are expected to remain lackluster for years.

Last month, Exxon announced voluntary layoffs in Australia and said that job cuts will continue globally into 2021.

(Reporting by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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