Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.13 - Distribution of electricity

4,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 November 2019
Employment effect (start)
29 November 2019
Foreseen end date


Npower, the UK energy company will cut 4,500 jobs as its Germany-based owner E.ON has announced plans for restructuring. The exact number of cuts remains uncertain until negotiations with the trade unions are completed, but it is confirmed that jobs will be affected at three offices: in Houghton-le-Spring, Hull and Worcester. The restructuring is planned to start in the new year.

The CEO of E.ON said that the proposed restructuring was ’extremely painful’ but necessary to make the company profitable and added that negotiations with trade unions and employee representatives had already started. The GMB and Unison unions described the plans as a  cruel ’blow’ for employees and noted that the UK energy market was unstable.

Both npower and E.ON are among the UK’s six largest energy suppliers. Npower announced plans to cut 900 jobs in early 2019, before it was acquired by E.ON.



Eurofound (2019), Npower, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 99500, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99500.