Around 500 Department of Justice jobs are moving to Wales as part of the Places for Growth scheme, helping to improve communities across the UK.
The new regional offices of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will create 500 new jobs in Wales, the deputy first minister has announced as the UK government continues to upgrade communities.
The jobs will expand the MoJ’s presence in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport, with additional roles in North Wales.
Seven Collaborating Centers for Justice will be launched alongside a series of satellite offices as the government’s Places for Growth program continues to move public service roles out of London and closer to the communities it serves. The scheme will ensure the public sector utilizes the vast array of talent across England and Wales with 22,000 jobs leaving the capital by 2030.
Almost 70% of the MoJ’s workforce is already based outside of London and the South East and the move will see over 2,000 additional positions in areas including finance, human resources and digital relocation by 2030, of which 500 will be heading to Wales.
Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab said:
This government is committed to distributing opportunities more equitably among communities and addressing regional inequalities.
By having more of our staff based outside of London, we can recruit the best people wherever they live so that the justice system benefits from more diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.
Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, said:
Our main aim is to upgrade all areas of the UK and this commitment includes creating more jobs and opportunities within the UK Government.
We want to take full advantage of the talent and potential of the Welsh workforce and moving hundreds of positions to Wales will help us achieve this goal.
We have hugely ambitious plans for Wales that will bring growth and innovation in the years to come and the relocation of more civil service roles is part of that package.
The new Justice Collaboration Centers are larger office spaces with a mix of traditional workstations and shared spaces, meeting and training rooms. They will support the face-to-face work of staff in roles such as finance, digital and human resources during trainings and meetings in Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, South Tyneside, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton.
Staff will also be based in new, smaller regional justice satellite offices, including offices in pre-existing buildings like the courts.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said:
It’s great to see the Department of Justice delivering increased opportunities across the UK with the opening of seven new offices in England and Wales, a clear demonstration of the government’s ambition to bring local communities by offering long-term career prospects in their region. rather than the previous heavy focus on central London.
Through our Places for Growth program, we bring opportunity and decision-making closer to the communities we serve.
Justice Department Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo said:
Expanding recruitment within the ministry is crucial, not only because it creates opportunities, but also because it helps us be more innovative and make better decisions.
Moving more than 2,000 Justice Department positions out of London and the South East by 2030 and opening new regional offices in England and Wales will help us ensure we hire the people talented people from all regions and walks of life to contribute to the society we serve.
The announcement follows several other government departments confirming they are moving thousands of civil service jobs out of London, to better serve the communities they represent such as Cardiff, Wolverhampton and Glasgow. This includes the Home Office, Department of Leveling Up, Housing and Communities, Department of International Trade and the Cabinet Office.
As posts become available, they will be re-posted nationally rather than location-bound, an approach which has already seen most new hires based outside London.