Almost 3,000 Civil Service job roles will be opened up outside London and the South-East by 2025, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Home Secretary Priti Patel jointly announced today.
This forms part of a cross-government move – the Places for Growth scheme – to ensure policy makers reflect the communities they serve, while levelling up by ensuring economic growth and job opportunities are more evenly distributed across the UK.
Today’s announcement sees the Home Office, which already has more than 40% of its workforce outside of London and South East, expanding its regional presence by at least 1,950 roles, as well as BEIS 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, under Places for Growth is expected to increase in smaller cities and large towns including Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough, Salford and Solihull as well as in Metropolitan locations and in the devolved administrations including Sheffield, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The Home Office is also in the process of establishing a new Innovation Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, which will accommodate case-working roles and an Asylum hub. Over 5 years the Stoke hub will in total accommodate more than 500 roles. The plans will bring operational, policy and corporate functions to the city, providing a pipeline of exciting career paths for the local community with an apprentice first policy for hiring at junior grades.
The BEIS workforce is to be grown in Salford, Birmingham, Cardiff and Darlington, and expanded to new locations in Belfast and Edinburgh, with an ambition to build a presence in Preston in the longer term. These plans will mean a total of 1,350 department roles outside of London by 2025, an increase of 865 from today.
This plan will ensure the Business and Energy Department, responsible for areas including business growth, industrial policy, renewable energy, science, research and development, and employment rights, is represented by policymakers operating across all 4 corners of the UK, strengthening the bonds of Union.
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. Our policy developers and decision-makers must reflect the communities they serve. Relocating these Civil Service roles will ensure central government hears the voice of local communities louder and clearer than ever before, while creating hubs of economic opportunity and growth across the UK.”