26 September 2023

SCOTLAND: More officials move north of the border

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Almost 1,000 London-based United Kingdom Public Service jobs have moved to Scotland since March 2020, the Cabinet Office has announced.

The relocation program, known as Places for Growth, aims to move 22,000 Public Servants out of London by 2030.

Already, 933 jobs have been relocated from London to Scotland since the start of the scheme, with a further 600 to be permanently based in Scotland by 2025.

The Cabinet Office committed to more than doubling its current numbers of Glasgow employees to around 750 by 2025.

Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, Nadhim Zahawi said the aim was to drive growth across the United Kingdom and moving Public Service jobs out of London was crucial to delivering this.

“The number of senior UK Civil Servants now based in Glasgow has grown by 1,400 per cent under the scheme, with 30 senior officials now permanently located in the city,” Mr Zahawi said.

Naomi Hunter, who was born in Edinburgh but moved to London to join the Treasury in 2013, is now a senior Public Servant based in the Cabinet Office’s Glasgow headquarters.

She spent seven years living in London and travelling back to Scotland regularly to see family and friends.

Ms Hunter, who leads the strategy team for recovering public sector debt, said she had moved to London because it was the only option she had if she wanted to progress in her career.

“The opening of the Cabinet Office HQ in Glasgow has meant I’ve been able to move back to Scotland and still do what I’m passionate about,” Ms Hunter said.

Glasgow, 30 September 2022

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