Carillion loses 800 staff

800 workers at Carillion’s Energy Services division have already taken voluntary redundancy as the company restructures in the wake of cuts to solar subsidies.

All 4,500 staff members were put on notice in November last year following the governments decision to cut the feed-in-tariff (FIT) for solar energy.

Carillion was hit hard by the governments decision as their business model relied heavily on giving free installations in return for taking the feed-in-tariff.

Those who lose their jobs may find it difficult to find work in the field after the government revealed further cuts to the FIT for solar installations last week, jeopardising the industry.

Jeremy Leggett, chairman of solar installer Solarcentury, said: “The new Liberal Democrat secretary of state had an opportunity today to reassure 30,000 solar workers – but he’s blown it. Further swingeing cuts to tariff levels from 1 July with the prospect of tariff cuts more often than once every two months beyond that mean that the photovoltaic industry now faces ongoing turmoil.”

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