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Shell to give staff 8% bonus after record profits

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Shell is handing nearly all its 82,000 staff a bonus equivalent to 8% of their salary after the oil company reported record profits amid soaring energy prices.The British multinational is making the one-off payment to the vast majority of its employees around the world, only excluding those on its executive committee, executive vice presidents and contractors.The oil firm said: “In recognition of the contribution our people have made to Shell’s strong operational performance against a recent challenging backdrop, our executive committee has decided to make a special recognition award of 8% of salary to all eligible staff across the world.“The award enables those employees to share in our current operational and financial success – it is not a response to inflation or cost of living challenges.”Last Thursday the FTSE 100 company revealed it had made record profits of nearly $11.5bn (£9.5bn) for the second quarter in a row on the back of soaring oil and gas prices, and strong refining profit margins, and promised to give shareholders payouts worth £6.5bn.It is a significant turnaround for a company that laid off thousands of workers, suspended bonuses and capped salaries during the Covid-19 pandemic.Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, described the profits as “an insult to the millions of working people struggling to get by because of soaring energy bills”.Overall, the world’s five biggest oil companies shared bumper profits of nearly $100bn in the first six months of this year.On Tuesday, Shell’s UK rival BP was accused of “unfettered profiteering” after its underlying profits tripled to $8.5bn (£6.9bn) between April and June, thanks to high oil prices.

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