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The energy sector could see more jobs go in the wake of the news that npower is set to cut 2,500 jobs, industry experts have warned.
Analyst Joe Malinowski told ITV News that because of falling wholesale energy prices, many companies could be facing tough times ahead.
Watch ITV News Reporter Sally Lockwood's report below:
Energy giant npower has come under attack from union leaders for dealing a "devastating blow" to its workers with plans to axe up to 2,500 jobs.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "These huge job losses will come as a devastating blow to the workforce.
"Npower has been in trouble for some time thanks to poor decision-making at the very top, and workers are now paying the price."
Eamon O'Hearn, of the GMB union, said: "Many hard-working staff have already been outsourced and so any further job losses for directly and indirectly employed staff would be another kick in the teeth for communities.
"It also makes a mockery of George Osborne's rhetoric about a northern powerhouse if an energy company can't maintain jobs in the region."
Energy supplier Npower is planning to axe 2,500 jobs, ITV News understands.
Employees could be told in the coming days as RWE, the supplier's German parent company, announces its financial results on Tuesday.
The job cuts represent around a fifth of npower's 11,500-strong UK workforce.