HMRC among those shifting Whitehall staff to Canary Wharf site

HMRC job ad says London Office will be moving to Canary Wharf as a "transitional site in summer 2017"

By Civil Service World

07 Dec 2016

HM Revenue and Customs will be one of the government organisations moving staff out of Whitehall and into new offices in Canary Wharf, it has emerged.

The Cabinet Office this week announced that almost 6,000 full-time civil service and public sector jobs are set to make the move from central London to 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf by 2018. The site will be leased from banking giant Barclays for 15 years. 

Although the Government Property Unit has yet to announce full details of the government organisations moving into the new multi-departmental hub, a series of job ads posted on Civil Service Jobs in recent days make clear that HMRC will be one of those shifting staff across the capital.

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"Please note that the London office (100 Parliament Street) will be moving to a transitional site in summer 2017," the ads state. "The location will be 10 South Colonnade, London, E14 4PU."

HMRC, one of the largest government employers, has already set out details of a major programme of office closures, with the tax authority set to reduce its 170-strong national network to just 13 regional hubs over the next decade.

A briefing circulated late last year said that HMRC would be moving more of its work out of central London, closing 43 offices across the capital, while maintaining a "big presence in the wider London area".

"Of course, the work that we do means that a small number of us will always need to be near ministers," the internal document said.

"That's why we're going to keep 100 Parliament Street, although fewer of us will work there. The space we vacate will be used by other government departments."

The tax authority is also in the process of setting up two regional centres in Stratford and Croydon, with the two sites set to house upwards of 7,000 staff.

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