Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities
Water Collection, Treatment And Supply
36 - Water collection, treatment and supply

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 May 2007
Employment effect (start)
1 May 2007
Foreseen end date
31 May 2010


Up to 500 jobs are to go in Northern Ireland's water industry, it has been confirmed. Katharine Bryan of Northern Ireland Water said the redundancies are needed to help reduce costs. She said the current workforce of about 1,900 will be cut to 1,400 as part of a new strategic business plan. The jobs will go over three years and will hit the firm's industrial division as well as engineering, administration and scientific divisions. 'It's not all bad news, it sounds a lot but in fact we have been able to transfer quite a significant number of people, almost 300, back to the civil service ahead of the new company being created,' she said. The job losses will prove controversial as the water company is still trying to improve its performance in cutting leaks.


  • 8 May 2007: BBC Website
  • 9 May 2007: BBC Website


Eurofound (2007), Northern Ireland Water, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65339, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65339.