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Job losses at the Grid.

ENERGY firm National Grid has announced it will axe jobs in Warwickshire under new costsaving moves.

Bosses have announced plans to cut up to 300 jobs across three offices by the end of next year.

The cutbacks include closing its Newcastle base, with the loss of 163 jobs, with the remaining cuts being split between the firm's bases in Warwick and Northampton.

The company refused to say how many jobs would be affected at the offices at Warwick Technology Park until a consultation process with staff had been carried out.

The move follows an extensive review of the company's internal UK shared services department.

As a result, National Grid decided to transfer delivery of some of its services to Indian-based Tata Consultancy Services - a business solutions company which already provides information systems development and support to the energy giant.

The firm said affected employees would be encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in National Grid.

Steve Noonan, director of UK shared services at National Grid, said: "We recognise that these are sensitive and difficult times for those employees affected by the result of the review.

"However, National Grid has a great track record in looking after its employees through change. We strongly encourage staff to take up positions elsewhere in the company and to investigate retraining for other available roles.

"For those who choose to leave the company, we offer generous severance packages, and we provide outplacement support to help them find alternative work."

Union leaders have attacked National Grid for its decision saying they will "not accept" the announcement.
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