The Cabinet Office announced last week that about 1,000 London-based civil service have moved to Scotland since March 2020. Previously, the Cabinet Office announced to establish a second flagship headquarter in Glasgow in 2021. Moreover, UK government is committed to relocate 1,500 jobs to Scotland by 2025.
Places for Growth Program
UK government initiated a relocation program called Places for Growth. According to this program, they will move 22,000 civil service jobs outside London by the end of this decade. Moreover, the UK government has already moved 933 jobs to the capital of Scotland as part of this scheme. Furthermore, they intend to relocate another 600 permanent jobs to Scotland by 2025. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Nadhim Zahawi visited the department’s new second HQ in Glasgow to present these numbers. In addition to relocating jobs from London to Glasgow, the Cabinet Office will increase the headcount of Glasgow office to 750 over the next three years.
“We want to drive growth right across the United Kingdom and moving Civil Service jobs out of London is crucial to delivering this. I am delighted to say that the Cabinet Office is leading the way with this work by ensuring we have key decision makers based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is imperative that we continue to build on this momentum and expand opportunities for people outside of London, giving them the chance to build successful careers right across the UK and bring diversity of thought and experience right to the very top of government.” Nadhim Zahawi said in a statement.
Opportunities of growth in Scotland
The number of Senior Civil Servant have grown by 1,400 percent under Places for Growth program. Moreover, 30 senior officials are now working in the city of Glasgow. Some of the key relocated roles include directors in the Counter Fraud Function, Consulting Hub and Debt Management teams. Hence, this has ended the norm where staff who wanted to climb the ladder to senior level needed to move to London. The UK government allocated £65 million for the Government Hubs Program in 2021 for office works and improvements.
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