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60 new Civil Service jobs set for Edinburgh



Almost 3,000 Civil Service jobs will be opened up outside London and the South East by 2025, with 60 new roles in Edinburgh.

The Home Office, which already has more than 40% of its workforce outside of the region, is expanding its regional presence by at least 1,950 roles.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is also overseeing the growth of 865 roles, meaning 30% of its workforce will be outside of London by 2025.

Home Office presence, including senior civil service roles, is expected to increase in smaller cities and large towns including Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough and Solihull, along with Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The BEIS workforce is to be grown in Salford, Birmingham, Cardiff and Darlington, and expanded to new locations in Belfast and Edinburgh.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “We are doubling down on our commitment to level up every region of the UK, so that every part of the country can share in the UK’s future prosperity.”

BEIS civil service roles will be shifted through natural turnover creating jobs in regional offices as and when vacancies arise from London, meaning current staff will not be required to relocate from London unless they want to.

This announcement will also see both the Business Secretary, Home Secretary and other government ministers spending an increasing amount of time outside of London.

Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack said: “It’s wonderful news that 60 civil service jobs are coming to Edinburgh – as well as bringing economic opportunities to the city, this move will further strengthen Scotland’s voice in UK Government policy-making, to the benefit of the whole country.”

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During last year’s budget, the Chancellor plans to shift 22,000 Civil Service jobs out of London by the end of the decade – with a target for 25% of roles to be outside London by 2025.

Today’s announcement follows the Cabinet Office and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office bringing new jobs to Scotland.

In March, it was announced that more than 1,000 UK civil service jobs are due to be relocated to Scotland in the coming years.

As well as the previously-announced Cabinet Office headquarters in Glasgow, more than 500 Foreign Office jobs will move to the department’s existing base in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

The 500 additional roles will bring the Foreign Office’s staff in East Kilbride to 1,500 by 2025.

Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrats Home Affairs spokesman, said: “Getting civil service jobs spread across the whole UK is always welcome, but it remains to be seen exactly what these 60 new jobs in Scotland will be.

“The problems faced by Boris Johnson’s government in Scotland do not come from the number of civil servants they employ, but from the policies that they are paid to implement.

“People in Scotland will continue to see the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ as a disgraceful policy, no matter how many people are employed to implement it.”

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