United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
8 sites in England (Berkeley, Bradwell; Dungeness A, Harwell, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury, Sizewell A and Winfrith), 2 sites in Scotland (Chapelcross and Hunterston A) and 2 sites in Wales (Trawsfynydd and Wyfla)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.11 - Production of electricity

1,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 May 2015
Employment effect (start)
21 May 2015
Foreseen end date
30 September 2016


Nuclear power company Magnox Ltd will cut up to 1,600 jobs as a result of decommissioning twelve of its nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom.

The sites are located in England, Wales and Scotland. Eleven of the sites have already ceased to generate power while the twelfth site – located in Wylfa in North Wales – is scheduled to stop power generation by September 2016 at the latest. Magnox has reported that the job losses will affect permanent staff, contractors as well as workers employed via temporary employment agencies. Formal consultation has commenced however it has been reported that the trade union Unite has requested an urgent meeting with the company in order to try to avoid compulsory redundancies. Operating under contract for the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, Magnox is a government agency that was formed in 2011 to operate and decommission old nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom. While decommissioning has been gradually taking place over the past ten years the company has reported that the timeline for closure of sites has been brought forward due the introduction of streamlined processes.


  • 21 May 2015: BBC News
  • 21 May 2015: The Independent


Eurofound (2015), Magnox Ltd, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 83596, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83596.