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Poor Wages 'Hitting Recruitment'


Defence chiefs are paying hundreds of millions of pounds to bring in consultants because “mad” salary rules mean hundreds of highly skilled jobs are going unfilled, MPs have been told.

Poor rates of pay means candidates have not been found for around 400 jobs in engineering, commercial and programme management, the Public Accounts Committee heard.

The amount being spent on technical consultants – around £400 million – was a “reflection” of the recruitment problem faced by the Ministry of Defence, it was told.

MoD officials have held discussions with the Department for Transport, which faces a similar problem with its most technically skilled staff, and is pressing the Treasury and Cabinet Office to give it the freedom to pay competitive salaries.

Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, told the committee: “We have only filled about 10% of those vacancies and the principle reason given to us b y potential candidates is uncompetitive salary.”

A senior employee who was “running” the nuclear weapons programme until last year went to the private sector for a “50% premium”, the committee was told.

The MoD wants to combine the budget for consultants and the £900 million spent on staff, then set its own competitive rates.



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