E.On has put 3,000 of its staff on furlough as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, around 1,000 npower staff members have also be placed on the paid leave of absence, bringing the total to c.4,000.

This takes E.On’s staff numbers down from 7,500 and npower, the supplier it recently acquired, down from 5,500.

Staff will receive 80% of their pay up to £2,500 a month from the UK government as part of the job retention scheme.

A spokesperson for E.On said that those furloughed include a range of field and metering technicians, customer operations and support staff for both residential and business operations.

“We are making sure no one loses out if they are off work in a furlough situation by guaranteeing a top-up to 100% of salaries during the current period.

“Our field colleagues are also available and volunteering their time, skills and vehicles to help in their communities through the NHS volunteering scheme.”

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