Royal Dutch Shell is reportedly planning to cut 2,200 more jobs from its global workforce by the end of this year, citing a plunge in oil prices.

Shell vice president for the UK and Ireland Paul Goodfellow said that the company’s latest decision comes as oil prices are staying lower for longer, following the company’s acquisition of BG Group earlier this year in a $70bn transaction.

Goodfellow said: "We have to take further difficult decisions to ensure Shell remains competitive through the current, prolonged downturn."

"We have to take further difficult decisions to ensure Shell remains competitive through the current, prolonged downturn."

At the end of 2015, Shell and BG together had a workforce of 94,600 people.

Shell will initially cut the jobs of 475 employees at its headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The company’s decision will also affect some offshore jobs and its plant at Mossmorran in Fife.

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The lay-offs will take the total number of jobs lost from Shell from the beginning of 2015 to the end of 2016 to at least 12,500.

A total of 750 jobs have been cut from the company’s North Sea business, two thirds of which were UK-based.

In April, Shell announced plans to close the UK offices of BG Group by the end of this year as part of its voluntary redundancy programme.