Npower to slash 2,500 jobs amid ongoing financial difficulties

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Npower owner German energy utility RWE's chief executive Peter Terium has been trying to turn around the struggling company (Source: Getty)

Big six energy supplier Npower is gearing up to axe 2,500 jobs this week, as the firm's German owner RWE attempts to turn around the ailing company.

The announcement of the cuts across the RWE group and its partners is due this week, it was first reported by Sky News.

Npower employees 11,500 people in Britain people, meaning the cuts could reduce its head count by around 20 per cent.

In February Npower become the latest "big six" energy supplier to whittle down customers' gas bills. Energy companies have faced mounting calls calls for firms to pass on record low wholesale gas prices to customers.

Npower rivals E.ON, SSE and Scottish Power all made similar cuts earlier in the year.

It comes as energy prices are plumbing historic lows, with US oil prices crashing below $27 per barrel for the first time in 2003 earlier this year.

In 2015 RWE reported a loss of £48m for the first nine months of the year. RWE is set to publish its annual results on Tuesday.

In February an accident at the RWE owned Didcot power station left one dead and five injured.

Npower declined to comment.

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