OVO Energy confirmed that it is planning on closing their Perth premises as part of ‘organisation changes’ into the new year.
This comes following OVO’s acquisition of SSE’s retail energy arm in January of 2020.
Around 700 jobs are housed within the Perth office who learned this through a letter issued on Thursday (January 13).
Commenting on the latest announcement, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “This is a massive jobs blow for Perth and I am very concerned to hear this announcement. It sounds like OVO have broken their pledge to have a presence in Perth, after SSE having such a long association with the city.
“We have been told by OVO that there are around 700 staff at their site in Perth, so it is obviously a very worrying time for them.”
However, the company is not currently commenting on the situation.
Mr Fraser continued: “OVO has said they will operate voluntary redundancies and that staff will either be allocated to the three remaining sites – a new hub in Glasgow, Bristol or London, if they live within 30 miles of one of these. However, Perth staff won’t be able to move to any of these sites, so we will be asking the Scottish Government what support they will be offering to the OVO employees in Perth.”
The firm announced that they plan to cut 1,700 jobs of their total 6,200 through voluntary redundancy.
Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith, who also represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, added: “This is awful news for Perth and for OVO staff who work there. It is undoubtedly a major jobs blow for the city.
“The company should be doing all they can to support its workforce and I am sad to hear they are launching a voluntary redundancy scheme.”