Shell to cut 2,800 jobs once BG Group merger completes

Shell has confirmed it plans to cut 2,800 more jobs once the merger with BG Group completes.

The job losses - approximately 3% of total workforce - will be on top of 7,500 previously announced.

The plans were announced after Shell’s £40bn merger with BG Group cleared its final regulatory hurdle and been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

The takeover, which will create Britain's biggest public company, is on track for completion in early 2016.

The merger will give Shell greater access to the market for cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG).

China's decision means that shareholders in both companies can now proceed with votes early next year.