It seems that British Gas has taken a leaf out of the Government’s book as recently they have declared that they will cut 850 jobs in commercial properties all over the UK, in an effort to cut costs.
This could not have come at a worse time for many people, with unemployment figures at their highest for over 15 years. However, British Gas showed no remorse for their actions, as spokesperson, Sian Callaghan, expressed: “If we are going to remain competitive and offer the best prices for our customers, we need to reduce our costs.”
The planed cuts are to support roles and management positions, not customer service roles. However, no-one has been made redundant as yet as British Gas are still in talks with their staff and representatives.
It was only recently that British Gas increased their gas prices by 18 per cent and their electricity prices by 16 per cent, which were one of the highest price increases amongst the providers. N Power and EDF were amongst the lowest at 15.4 per cent. The rise was due to wholesale costs rising by 30 per cent.
Speaking of the prices, Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus, put across: “This price rise will send a shock wave across the country. The impact on customers will be severe, piling more pressure on severely stretched household budgets and pushing hundreds of thousands more households into fuel poverty.”
So it seems that British Gas is not only upsetting customers with a price rise in August, but now is upsetting its own staff with job cuts. But wouldn’t the price rise that customers faced in August have surely resulted in more revenue for the company, therefore saving money? It does seem that British Gas isn’t too bothered about adding the extra figures to 2.48 million people that are already unemployed.
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