Magazine article Public Finance

Jobcentre Boss Leaves to Rejoin Private Sector

Magazine article Public Finance

Jobcentre Boss Leaves to Rejoin Private Sector

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David Anderson, the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, has quit to take up a senior post in the private sector after less than two years at the Department for Work and Pensions.

The DWP this week confirmed Anderson has been appointed as chief executive of Co-operative Financial Services and will leave his post on May 16. CFS is part of the Co-operative Group.

Anderson had been at Jobcentre Plus, which resulted from the merger of the Employment Agency and the Benefits Agency, since June 2003. During that time, he faced criticism from staff for initiating job centre closures around the UK as part of the government's £40bn Gershon efficiency agenda.

Anderson's decision to leave public service has been viewed as a blow to civil service recruitment. …

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