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CIVIL SERVANTS ADVISED ON IMPROVING THEIR JOB-HOLDING PROSPECTS

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Revised guidelines on the government's market-testing programme give detailed advice to civil servants on how to im...
Revised guidelines on the government's market-testing programme give detailed advice to civil servants on how to improve their chances of holding on to their jobs, reports the Financial Times (p4 August 28).

The guidance, published on Friday, tells government departments how to prepare an in-house bid when they face competition from the private sector. It follows William Waldegrave's announcement last autumn of a programme to test whether the public or private sector would deliver £1.5bn of government activities more efficiently.

Mr Waldegrave, public services minister, called on the prime minister earlier this summer to put pressure on departments which were falling behind in the programme.

The guidance was revised following discussions with departments and Civil Service unions and takes account of private sector suggestions. But it does not include revised advice on the impact of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations, which guarantee the jobs and pay of existing workers when work is contracted out, and which has caused some confusion in Whitehall, the FT reports.
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