Royal Dutch Shell employees 2009-2018

Royal Dutch Shell, commonly referred to as simply Shell, employed approximately 81,000 people worldwide in 2018. Shell is one of the top five oil and gas companies (also known as ‘Supermajors’) worldwide, operating in every segment of the oil and gas industry. It is also one of the largest companies worldwide in general. The company is headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands.

Shell the global employer

Aside from Antarctica, Shell employs people on every continent. In 2018, their Asia region had the highest amount of employees, with 28,000 employees. Following Asia was Europe, with 24,000 employees, then North America with 21,000 employees. Africa had 4,000 employees. South America and Oceania had the least amount of employees, both having 2,000 employees.

Oil and gas sector employment

As of 2018, Shell was ranked tenth worldwide among global oil and gas companies based on employment figures. PetroChina was the largest oil and gas employer worldwide. In that year they employed around 494,300 people. Following PetroChina was Gazprom from Russia, employing 469,600 people in 2018. Total S.A. from France, also one of the oil gas and ‘Supermajors’, employed 98,280 people.

Royal Dutch Shell's number of employees from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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