Magazine article Public Finance

Central Government 'Will Not Shed Accountancy Jobs'

Magazine article Public Finance

Central Government 'Will Not Shed Accountancy Jobs'

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The number of qualified finance professionals across government is set to continue to increase despite the looming squeeze on public spending, Public Finance has learnt

A new cross-Whitehall recruitment strategy, headed by the Department for Work and Pensions, has been launched with the intention of recruiting up to 120 qualified and partqualified finance professionals this year. The 10,000-strong workforce has already risen from 9,000 in 2008.

But all hiring will now be undertaken through one recruitment agency, Capita, with individual departments no longer responsible for their own appointments. The first round will see up to 40 roles filled at the DWP, the Treasury, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

Nick Jackson, head of finance professionalism at the Treasury, said the new approach would reduce overall recruitment costs. …

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