This is obviously very disappointing news but not a surprise. It is very interesting to see the real numbers affected here though. With a third of companies surveyed saying they will have to make further cuts to staff in the coming year this number is set to grow. The majority of companies are trying to diversify into other technologies such as energy storage but it is difficult to suddenly change direction without having to lose jobs. Let's hope companies can diversify as quickly as possible so we can retain the skilled knowledge within the industry.
Employment in the UK’s domestic solar industry has contracted by approximately one-third in the last year against a backdrop of subsidy cuts and other policy interventions, and further job losses are strongly expected. That is the conclusion of a joint-survey conducted by consultancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Solar Trade Association, which estimated that as many as 12,500 jobs have been lost since the first of the new UK government’s policy decisions on 22 July 2015. The ‘Seeing through the gloom’ report collated 238 responses from companies that employed a total of 5,362 people last year. Those companies now employ a total of 3,665 jobs, constituting a 32% reduction.