Ministry of Defence job cuts will hit IT staff

IT staff are among those hit by job cuts at the Ministry of Defence, the civil service PCS trade union has warned.

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IT staff are among those hit by job cuts at the Ministry of Defence, the civil service PCS trade union has warned.

The MoD has announced a total of 1,000 civilian job losses as part of a streamlining exercise aimed at making savings of £50m a year.

Earlier rounds of job cuts have seen 12,000 people – including IT staff – lose their posts already, the PCS said.

Around 400 MoD IT staff have also been transferred to the EDS-led Atlas consortium under the terms of the department’s Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) programme (DII(F)) contract. More could yet be transferred as the contract, which is made up of incremental stages, develops.

Separately, the MoD is also consulting staff over a proposal to create a shared services organisation in London that would include IT staff along with finance and other functions.

Alan Dennis, vice–chair of the PCS MoD central London branch, said IT staff were “embedded” in the divisions affected by the new job cuts. “IT staff who are not part of the Atlas transfer would fall under the scope of the 58.4% staff cut,” Dennis said.

Earlier this month, the MoD awarded an extension of the 10-year £2.3bn DII(F) contract to Atlas, adding another £270m increment to the deal for the delivery of another 3,000 computer terminals in offices and on board Royal Navy ships.

EDS has also provided the MoD with its new £269m Joint Personnel Administration System. The department defended the system after some serving soldiers did not receive their pay, blaming problems on “data entry errors” rather than the system, which the MoD said had saved £100m in administrative costs since April 2006.

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