Chief executive Bernard Looney said most of them, representing 15% of its workforce, will be sacked by the end of the year, though he noted “we will likely have to go even further”.
The FTSE 100-listed firm is planning to chop 25% of its capital expenditure this year, saving US$3bn.
Running the oil giant costs US$22bn per year, US$8bn of which are related to staff.
“The majority of people affected will be in office-based jobs,” he was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“We are protecting the frontline of the company and, as always, prioritizing safe and reliable operations.”
Looney, who took the top job in February, said the restructuring was needed to cope with a ballooning debt pile as a result of the oil price crisis.
He said that net debt rose by US$6bn in the first quarter.
In April, the firm reported a record US$4bn quarterly loss but maintained the dividend at 10.5 cents per share.
Shares rose 2% to 370.3p on Monday afternoon.
Published at Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:15:00 +0000-BP to sack 10,000 staff to save US$2.5bn amid oil price slump