Energy firm npower ‘to cut 2,500 jobs in UK’


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Energy firm npower will announce this week it is to cut around 2,500 jobs, according to reports.

Employees could be told in the coming days as RWE, the supplier's German parent company, announces its financial results on Tuesday.

The job cuts represent around a fifth of npower's 11,500-strong UK workforce, Sky News said.

A spokesman for npower declined to comment.

RWE revealed last month it will slump into the red after taking a 2.1 billion euro (£1.6 billion) hit on its UK and German power stations.

It said a series of writedowns on its power stations and lower energy prices would lead the group to post an annual loss of around 200 million euro (£155 million) when it reports its results. Analysts had expected a 2015 net profit of 1.2 billion euro (£0.93bn).

Npower, which has 4.9 million accounts, has major plants in the UK including Pembroke and Aberthaw in Wales and Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire.

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Along with other Big Six suppliers, the firm announced a 5.2% price cut to its standard domestic gas tariff that would affect 1.2 million customers.

Oil and gas prices have tumbled over the last 18 months as global growth slows. Brent crude is some 70% lower than its peak in the summer of 2014.

Last November, npower's retail arm swung to a £48 million loss in the first nine months of the year from a £73 million profit a year earlier, as its supply business lost 200,000 customers.

Speaking at the time, chief executive Paul Coffey said 2015 had been 'very tough for npower's domestic business'.

The news comes days before the Competition and Markets Authority is to report on the latest stage of its investigation into the energy market.