Aberdeen City Council could shed up to 600 jobs as it seeks to trim 5% off its budget in the next financial year.
The local authority blamed the current economic climate and the anticipated “tight financial settlement” from the Scottish government for the cuts.
The city council, which employs about 11,000 people, is currently consulting with trade unions on ways to minimise the impact of job cuts as it attempts to balance the budget.
It said compulsory redundancies would be a last resort, and it would be looking for voluntary redundancies and reductions in hours.
According to the BBC, it was not immediately clear which posts would be lost.
The council aims to make a total saving of £16.9m.
Chief executive Sue Bruce said: “We are committed to working closely with our staff and the trade unions to minimise the impact of job reductions.
“We must all, however, face the fact that the very difficult economic climate and the extremely tight financial settlement that we are expecting from the Scottish government together mean that very difficult choices will have to be made to produce a balanced budget next year.”