Carillion could be forced to cut 1500 solar jobs in New Year

Construction firm Carillion Energy Services could be forced to cut 1,500 jobs in its solar sector in the New Year, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). Yesterday Carillion issued […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Construction firm Carillion Energy Services could be forced to cut 1,500 jobs in its solar sector in the New Year, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Yesterday Carillion issued a statement which suggested the Government’s plans to slash the solar subsidy would shrink the solar market. It said the plans were forcing it to “reshape” its business.

The firm wouldn’t put a figure on how many people would be affected, saying it was “too early to speculate”.
However the STA claimed this could mean 1,500 job losses in the New Year, with 4,500 staff at the construction firm given redundancy notices.

Carillion said in a statement: “Our solar business was growing strongly, but we expect the Government’s plans for much larger and earlier than expected cuts to Feed-in Tariffs to reduce the size of the Solar PV market significantly. In order to react to the effects of this on our business, we have launched a Statutory 90-day consultation process with our people on how we can reshape our business.”

The STA said this confirmed the result of its industry survey two weeks ago which anticipated job losses of 42% because of the tariff change.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker defended the change to the Feed-in Tariff levels on Tuesday as essential to stop the scheme “going bust” after an unexpectedly high number of applications.

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