Campaign launches to highlight UK civil service jobs in Scotland

Civil service has "not made sufficient use" of Scotland-based talent, Gove says
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The UK government is launching a major recruitment campaign encouraging people to apply for civil service roles in Scotland.

The “closer to home” campaign will advertise across Scottish print media, billboards, bus and train stations and online.

Posters will direct people to a section of the Civil Service Jobs website sharing adverts for Scotland-based jobs and read: "We're bringing UK civil service roles closer to the communities we serve. Join us and progress your career right here in Scotland."

“The campaign underlines the UK government’s commitment to Scotland and to ensuring the entire union builds back better from the pandemic,” the Cabinet Office said.

New roles will also “facilitate greater collaboration with the Scottish local and devolved government as well as providing a boost to local economies", the department said.

The campaign comes as the Places for Growth programme continues to move civil service roles out of London.

Departments are currently advertising more than 300 vacancies that are either based in Scotland, or allow people to choose to work from Scotland.

Jobs on offer include an interoperability deputy director and policy and strategy deputy director at the Cabinet Office’s Glasgow headquarters, which opened earlier this year.

And several jobs – including borders and enforcement director general at the Home Office, head of the government property function, and the government commercial function’s chief commercial officer – offer the option to work in Scotland.

The Cabinet Office said “hundreds” more jobs will be posted during the rest of 2021, as the government continues its levelling-up drive to increase productivity and reduce regional inequality across the UK.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said: “There is a huge array of talent in Scotland which for too long the UK government has not made sufficient use of. It cannot be right that you have to move to London to pursue a career in one of Scotland’s governments.

“That is why we are moving more jobs – including senior jobs – to Scotland.

“We are opening up new long-term career opportunities to more people in order to enhance the Scottish voice at the heart of UK planning and decision making.”

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