ENERGY giant npower is to transfer hundreds of jobs after announcing the closure of its base in Peterlee.
The firm has confirmed it is shutting its Tyne House office in the town and moving some 500 jobs up the A19 to its base at Rainton Bridge, Houghton-le-Spring.
The move is the latest step in a restructuring which has already seen 630 jobs moved from the firm’s operation in Peterlee to Rainton Bridge and around 110 employees based at Tyne House, Tees House and Wear House, being transferred to Capita.
More than 400 posts from Rainton Bridge site were shipped overseas, only to be replaced by posts transferred from the company’s centre at Thornaby on Teesside.
The firm issued a statement outlining the last development and the reasoning behind it.
It said: “Earlier this year, npower’s Wear House site transferred over to Capita.
“As previously announced, Tees House is due to close shortly, with the employees based there either transferring over to Capita under TUPE, or moving up to our North East Headquarters in Rainton Bridge.
“Today, we announced that we would also be closing Tyne House in Peterlee - affecting around 500 people.
“The vast majority of these employees will also be based at Rainton, allowing npower to consolidate all its North-East locations to this one site, bringing its customer service teams together, ensuring quicker and more effective decision making for our customers.
“For the employees, Rainton is only an additional 10 miles and they will receive excess travel costs for the next three years.
“About a dozen employees’ work will be transferring to Burton-on-Trent. These people will be offered redeployment or relocation.”
The decision to close was condemned by unions leader.
“This is obviously a very worrying time for those affected and is further bad news for Peterlee,” said GMB senior organiser Chris Jukes.