I heard about this too, oopsie. Didn't they lay them off ahead of the target time frame and then realise active accounts could not be fulfilled or something? Standby for corrections, just what i heard through the grapevine. They are on an active recruitment drive here as well for the same reason!
It certainly makes one wonder with regard the lack of foresight of higher management in the MOD - after all, the withdrawal of the Sea Harrier wasn't a cock-up, was it?
The MoD spent £70 million last year making 2,300 staff redundant at the Defence Equipment and Supply site at Abbey Wood, in a move designed to save money after the new Government said it had found a £38billion “black hole” in the defence budget soon after it took office.Those staff received redundancy pay-offs of tens of thousands of pounds, but are now being asked to reapply for what will effectively be their old jobs, as the Abbey Wood bosses look to hire 1,300 civilian staff to still do those jobs.
The MOD was told in SDSR to lose 25,000 people without anyone working out whether this was a sustainable figure or not. They had to make 15,000 redundant over 3 years, and then found in year one that they'd got sufficient applicants to cover all three years.
The end result was a total mess up as people couldnt leave fast enough, and skills were lost - this is because the lords and masters felt loss of headcount quickly was more important than a slower but managed loss of headcount.
This is coupled with problem that a lot of ABW are 'of older years' and need to be replaced in next 10 years or so as they retire. Therefore you need to recruit again anyway (much as the RN is always recruiting). Those rejoining though join on new T&Cs which are significantly less good than their previous ones - they've got new pension arrangements etc.
Not a good story, but the reality is that this is what happens when you decide that an ideologically driven desire to slash the civil service is more important than planning how to do it properly...
Why not just abolish DE&S and replace it with something more appropriate? I'd favour the Support and Equipment areas being split (much like 1SL and 2SL) which would make accountability a hell of a lot better. But of course, holding people to account for their jobs can't always be allowed to happen. So I give you the folowing: Equipment and Support (Defence). Surely I should be an Admiral with thinking like that?
Why not just abolish DE&S and replace it with something more appropriate? I'd favour the Support and Equipment areas being split (much like 1SL and 2SL) which would make accountability a hell of a lot better.
I'm still hangin' in there. Awaiting my 60th Birthday cake, then I shall see if they redundantise my arse and THEN
I'll apply to come back as an Agency worker, but only if I can have a pink uniform and a nice hat.