Established over 20 years ago, the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) represents six companies which supply catering and auxiliary services to offshore oil and gas rigs in the North Sea

COTA’s main priority is maintaining a collective focus on safety and service delivery for the benefit of our customers and our people. Together we employ over 3,000 employees, including chefs, bakers, stewards and administrative team members.

COTA has two key roles:

Employee Terms and Conditions
Every year COTA companies come together to review the current terms and conditions for employees. This includes wage rises and holiday entitlements. These terms and conditions are negotiated with the two unions which represent a proportion of our team – RMT and Unite.

Health and Safety Requirements
Offshore installations in the North Sea are subject to very stringent health and safety requirements. COTA companies meet to ensure these requirements are exceeded for the benefit of customers and employees.


Please download:

COTA Agreement for 2022-2023


Wage Negotiations - 2023

Further negotiations between the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) and the Trade Union Shop Steward negotiating committee have taken place.

The Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) can confirm that it has made an improved offer to increase base salary and rates by 6% from 1st September 2023.

The Union officials from Unite and the RMT have confirmed that a consultative ballot will commence to allow the decision to be made by their members.

Employee enquiries should be directed to your company representative or by email to

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