By Marcus Leach

E.On have announced that they will cut 500 jobs at their head office in Coventry and offices in Nottingham.

Following the sale of the firm's distribution arm in March the company said they were looking to reduce numbers in a bid to reflect the changed nature of the business.

At present the energy firm employs 12,000 people in the UK, and hope that they can make the cuts through voluntary redundancies.

"We had to undertake a deep and rigorous review of how much money we spend in order to ensure we keep costs as low as possible for our customers," The chief executive of E.On UK, Dr Paul Golby, said.

"While I'm very aware that this will be a difficult time for our colleagues, it is our aim to keep uncertainty to a minimum and to achieve these redundancies by voluntary means."

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