MoJ to move 2,000 jobs to seven regional offices

"Justice collaboration centres" to open as part of Places for Growth programme
500 jobs will move to Wales. Photo: Photo: Elliott Brown/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The Ministry of Justice will open seven new regional offices in a bid to move 2,000 roles out of London by 2030.

The department will open the seven “justice collaboration centres” in Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, South Tyneside, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton over the next eight years.

Some 70% of the MoJ workforce – the vast majority of which falls under HM Courts and Tribunals Service and HM Prison and Probation Service – is already based outside London and the southeast.

The new offices will see 2,000 more jobs in areas like finance, human resources and digital move out by 2030.

A quarter of those jobs will move to Wales.

Some of the roles that are being relocated will be based at smaller, regional "justice satellite offices", which will include desk space in courts and other existing buildings.

As positions become available they will be re-advertised nationally, rather than tied to a location, the ministry said.

The move is part of the Places for Growth programme, which aims to relocate civil service roles out of London to the regions and nations of the UK. In 2020, the government committed to moving 22,000 roles out of the capital over the coming decade.

The announcement comes ahead of the government's levelling up white paper, which is due to be published this afternoon.

MoJ permanent secretary Antonia Romeo said the regional hubs would enable the MoJ to "be more innovative and make better decisions".

"Moving more than 2,000 MoJ roles out of London and the southeast by 2030 and opening new regional offices across England and Wales will help ensure we are hiring the most talented people from all geographies and backgrounds to help deliver for the society we serve," she said.

Justice secretary Dominic Raab said the move would support the government's aim of "spreading opportunity more equally across communities and tackling regional inequalities".

"By having more of our staff based outside London we can recruit the best people wherever they live so that the justice system benefits from more diverse backgrounds, outlooks and experience," he added.

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