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UK - Head of army recruitment hired by bidder for army recruitment contract

25 November 2011

The Army’s head of recruitment, Brigadier Jolyon Jackson, has landed a six figure salary with a firm bidding for a 1billion Pounds MoD contract to take over Army recruitment, The Daily Mirror newspaper reports.
Brigadier Jolyon Jackson will join the private sector giant Serco in a training role early next year. He was part of the team who will decide whether the company or rival Capita will land the deal to run Army recruitment.
Senior military sources told The Daily Mirror that although his new role has caused alarm in the Armed Forces, he is not breaking any rules.
The deal for the Recruitment Partnership Programme will be awarded in the next few weeks and comes as the Government prepares to axe -5,000 soldiers.
From next year, either the Serco Consortia or another led by the British company Capita will take over the recruiting process for the next 10 years.
Whoever clinches the deal will need to sign up at least 9,000 recruits every year. The MoD last night insisted he would not be involved in the RRP if Serco won the deal.
It is claimed the contract will save the service more than 250 million Pounds overall by hiving off administration, marketing and testing. The programme will cover every aspect of recruitment from the initial advertisement designed to attract would-be soldiers to the individual’s arrival at basic training.


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