RAF to cut HR jobs in centralisation plan

One thousand jobs in the personnel wing of the RAF could be axed as the air force moves to centralise operations.

The Personnel & Training Command from RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire, will relocate to RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The posts that will go in the move will be a mixture of civilian and military roles.

Armed forces minister Adam Ingram said the move was vital to “create a flexible and adaptable RAF”.

“These changes will release resources from headquarters functions so that we can invest more of the increasing defence budget into our front-line capabilities,” he said.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said the move runs contrary to the requirement for government departments to move work out of London and the South East under the Lyons review.

“[It] also makes a mockery of assurances given to a number of staff who have just recently been relocated to Innsworth,” he said.

The union claims the total number of jobs that will be lost could reach 1,700.


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