About 4,000 workers at Britain’s second-biggest energy supplier have been put on government-paid furlough in response to the coronavirus. Eon, the German energy giant, confirmed that about 3,000 of the 7,500 staff at its Eon UK supply business had been given leave of absence, as had about 1,000 of the 5,500 staff at Npower, the supplier it recently acquired. Under the job retention scheme the government has agreed to pay 80 per cent of the salaries of those who cannot work due to the pandemic, up to £2,500 a month. A spokesman for Eon UK said it was “making sure no one loses out if they are off work in a furlough situation by guaranteeing a top-up to 100 per cent of salaries”. The affected roles include “a range of field and metering technicians as well as customer operations and support staff”.
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