Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.22 - Distribution of gaseous fuels through mains

2,000 - 4,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 February 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


Owner of British Gas, Centrica has announced plans to cut 4,000 jobs across the UK. The move follows the release of financial performance figures which revealed a drop in operating profit of around 17%, an outcome which Centrica has blamed on the government's policy of a price cap and competition in the sector. The first 1,000 jobs will be cut during 2018. Some will be the result of not replacing staff who are leaving, but others will be compulsory redundancies. 

The job losses are in addition to an existing plan to reduce headcount by 2020. In July 2015, the company already announced a net reduction of 4,000 jobs in the country.


  • 22 February 2018: The Guardian
  • 22 February 2018: The Telegraph


Eurofound (2018), Centrica, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 93641, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93641.