Power giant to cut almost 700 jobs

E.On's Nottingham Trinity House base

Power giant E.On, which has a substantial base in Nottingham city centre, is set to cut 700 jobs in the UK.

It is as yet unclear where the jobs will be axed, but the Unite union says 675 retail jobs will be lost as a result of the introduction of a new customer service IT platform. An additional 20 roles are under threat with the merger of the industrial and commercial businesses.

Engineers and technicians in the field carrying out maintenance and visiting consumers’ homes are less likely to be affected by the job losses, says Unite.

“Unite regional officer Matt Jones said: “This is devastating news for E.On workers and their families in the run-up to Christmas, but was not unexpected given that the recent talks have taken place against a background of the harmonisation of the services offered by E.On since it acquired Npower.

“The restructuring process has also been accelerated by the impact of Covid-19 on its business model. The nearly 700 jobs losses will take place over the next two years.”

An E.On spokesman said: “We have updated colleagues today (November 19) on plans to continue the transformation of a number of areas in our UK business, primarily our residential and SME supply operation with a small number of roles from our industrial and commercial business.

“This is not a new announcement – it’s the next level of detail on proposals which have previously been outlined to colleagues.

“We are migrating npower and E.On customers to our new E.On Next platform and the efficiency improvements mean our residential and SME operation will ultimately be smaller in the future.”