Although civil servants leave the civil service altogether at an annual rate of 7.2%, lower than the comparable turnover rate in the private sector of 16.5%, this masks both the higher rates within particular departments and the impact of civil servants moving between departments.[33]

There are a few exceptions to the trend of shrinking agency workforces. Two Cabinet-level departments grew in size since December 2016. Not surprisingly, the Homeland Security Department gained a net 7,249 workers as of March. The department houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, two agencies where the White House has pushed for hiring surges.

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Dick O’brien, threat researcher at software company Symantec, told HuffPost UK: “Basically, the loss of a device is never good. 

(The civil service numbers published by the ONS do not include every employee the department is in some way responsible for – there are separate releases for other arm’s-length bodies and the wider public sector.) Reductions in some of the arm’s-length bodies reporting to BIS – particularly Companies House and the Land Registry – have seen it fall below DfT to become the seventh-largest departmental group, with 12,140 civil servants in total. Other than this, the relative size of departments has remained unchanged since Q4 2014. Since the spending review in 2010, all but three departments have reduced their staff numbers, DCLG having reduced by the most… Staff reductions since the spending review in 2010 14 departments have decreased in size since the spending review in 2010, with DCLG shrinking the most. Some of these departments – such as DCLG, DWP, MoJ and HMRC – have seen steady, ongoing reductions in the last five years. No departments have seen reductions in every single quarter, but numbers at HMRC, MoJ and DWP have only risen once. Others have had a bumpier ride. At the end of 2012, the Home Office was 15% smaller than it was at the spending review. But numbers have steadily increased since then: even when machinery of government changes are accounted for, the Home Office now only employs 3% fewer people than in 2010. DECC, DfID and CO have seen an increase in staff numbers since 2010. At DECC and DfID, this rise has mostly levelled off. However, at Cabinet Office – where there have been moves to build central government capacity – numbers have risen every quarter since mid-2013. …but over the last quarter, eight departments increased in size. Percentage change civil service numbers by department Q1 2015 Just six departments have lost staff in the last quarter. Headcount at the FCO has fallen the most, down 3% since the end of last year. This quarter saw DCLG shrink for the first time since early 2014. Eight departments have increased in size over the last quarter. DfT has seen the greatest percentage increase, taking on an extra 60 people to bring its total to 1,790. In absolute terms , MoJ has seen the greatest increase: 880 people joined the department to work within the National Offender Management service, which accounts for the bulk of civil servants employed by the MoJ (44,080 out of 65,370). However, this is the first time MoJ has increased in size since 2010. These figures take us up to the immediate pre-election period when attentions were turned towards preparing for an uncertain future. What is clear is that most departments have managed to significantly reduce their staff numbers since 2010. As Whitehall prepares for the spending review in the autumn, the question is how much further they will be required to go.

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Number of Fast Streamers by department, as of October 2018 (generalist scheme only)The civil service could reduce internal turnover and improve retention through targeted pay progression and a more strategic approach to HR.37 But most departments will still need to manage the turnover of staff created by Fast Stream graduate placements. At present, the Fast Stream programme consists of four placements of six months each. Given the relatively small number of Fast Streamers in most departments, the effects of turnover can probably be managed within individual teams. DExEU might need a more strategic approach: it hosts more Fast Streamers – around 130 – than any other department. This is equivalent to one fifth of the full-time staff of the department.

With further spending cuts announced, the IfG has said that further staff cuts are ‘inevitable’ and will need to be accompanied by reforms to how Whitehall goes about its business. Of course, there is significant variation in the number of civil servants employed by individual Whitehall departments. DWP and its associated organisations employ 81,310 civil servants; DCMS only employs 570. Number of Civil Servants in UK Government Departments March 2015 (Q1) DWP, MoJ, HMRC and MoD remain the largest departments – all of them are ultimately responsible for over 50,000 civil servants. In our analysis, we distinguish between:

The percentage of senior civil servants from an ethnic minority has risen from just under 5% in 2010 to nearly 8% in 2018 (of those who declared their ethnicity), but progress has plateaued since 2014. Only 5.4% of those senior civil servants declaring their disability status are disabled, hardly any change on 2010 (4.8%).

An update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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“The issue is not the cost, but the data which sits on those devices.  With smartphones, and in the case of the government, that could include sensitive information, confidential data or even national secrets.

Not only do high-performers cost more to replace, new research by SAP and Oxford Economics shows that less than half of them are satisfied with their jobs, and 1 in 5 say they're likely to leave in the next six months.

Employee turnover already costs US companies $160 billion a year

Satisfaction is higher now than in 2009 across all but one of the themes, which range from how an individual’s work fits into their organisation’s objectives and purpose, to how their leadership is performing and managing change, to learning and development opportunities. The one exception is the lowest-scoring of all themes, pay and benefits (31%), which is down six points on 2009. However, the score has risen in recent years – up one point from 2017 and three points higher than its lowest ebb in 2014.

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Which departments permanent secretaries have held positions in, as of December 2018Another way of ensuring that all specialisms are represented at the highest level of the civil service is to have career paths there from all professions, and from a mix of departments. The rise of permanent secretaries, in particular, can provide role models and inspiration, as well as allowing the agenda to be set from the top of departments.

Percentage of civil servants in each age group, 2010–18 (headcount, where known)

Retirement Planning by Tammy Flanagan

Employee turnover already costs US companies $160 billion a year

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Location of civil servants by grade, 2018 (percentage of grade in each region, headcount)This pattern – policy departments being more concentrated in London, delivery ones having a large presence across the country – also means that outside London government tends to employ a higher percentage of junior civil servants, while the most senior jobs remain overwhelmingly based in the capital. Two thirds of all senior civil servants and nearly half of all grades 6 and 7 are based in London. Meanwhile the north-west of England – which hosts 12% of the civil service, the most outside London – has only 3% of all senior civil servants and 7% of grades 6 and 7; by contrast, it has 15% of all AOs and AAs, the most junior grades.

“It’s very easily done - a phone can just fall out of your pocket,” he added.

But what if that high employee retention rate is actually a negative—an indication that you’re failing to challenge employees and creating a culture of complacency? 

Gender balance of each civil service grade, 2010–18 (headcount)

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard look at how the size of the Civil Service changed under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.

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Percentage of all civil servants and senior civil servants who left the department, 2017/18The Cabinet Office has the highest turnover rate, with more than a quarter of civil servants leaving the department between March 2017 and March 2018. This is partly because of its different staffing model – it relies more on secondments from other departments, to ensure that departments and the centre of government work more effectively together. Close behind are MHCLG (losing a quarter of staff each year) and the Treasury (a fifth), with the two departments created to deal with Brexit, DIT (17.3%) and DExEU (16.9%) next up.

Turnover of civil servants – whether leaving and entering the civil service, moving between departments or moving between different jobs within a department – has long been considered a problem in Whitehall. In his landmark 1968 report on the civil service, Lord Fulton complained: “It cannot make for the efficient despatch of public business when key men rarely stay in one job longer than two or three years before being moved to some other post, often in a very different area of government activity.”[32]

In recent years, there were very few younger civil servants entering departments. As the civil service froze recruitment to reduce numbers from 2010, the percentage of people aged under 30 fell from 14% to a low of 9% in 2014. But as those freezes have thawed, younger people have been hired again – 13% of all civil servants are now under the age of 30 – bringing new skills and perspectives.

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Nonetheless, those aged over 50 continue to make up the bulk of the civil service – 41% in 2018, up from 32% in 2010. The 40 to 49 age group has been particularly squeezed: they made up a third of the civil service in 2010, but represent only a quarter now. The median age is 46, up from 44 in 2010 (although the younger recent hires have brought it down from 47 in 2015 and 2016).

“The outcomes can range from embarrassment and reputational damage at best and the loss of confidential or even classified information at worst.

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Whether or not the administration’s goal remains to reduce the number of federal employees, it is coming to fruition. According to statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, 12 of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have seen their total numbers of employees drop since Trump took office. Between December 2016 and March 2018, the most recent data available, the federal workforce shrunk by 18,862 employees.