News : Severn Trent Water to Cut 500 Jobs
Oct 10, 2014 -- Severn Trent Water plans to axe 500 management / support jobs following a decision to merge its water and wastewater operations businesses. However, the company will create up to 100 additional front line roles "as customer service remains our number one priority".
In a statement, Severn Trent said it had decided to merge the water and wastewater operations businesses having identified "areas of synergies, duplication and opportunities to work with less management / support roles". It is working with trade unions with a joint ambition to strengthen the business and deliver against our commitments.
Severn Trent, which employs 6,000 staff, said: "We have already had recruitment controls in place since July and are reducing the number of contractors and temporary resources. We will also seek volunteers for redundancy in areas where we need to lose roles. We are hopeful that these measures will keep any need for compulsory redundancies to an absolute minimum."
The company stressed that there are no plans to reduce the number of customer facing front line operational roles in the customer care or wholesale operation, so call centre staff and those working in the field should not be affected.
Back in August, Severn Trent announced some changes to its operating model and executive team structure. It said it was now looking at the wider management structure to ensure it is operating in the most effective way.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Severn Trent:
Severn Trent Water is a privately-owned water company - serving over 8 million customers across the heart of the UK. We provide a broad range of water and environmental services to Business throughout the UK. The company currently works in partnership with many of the nation''s brands offering access to a portfolio of products and services.
Published: Monday, October 13, 2014