Public Sector: No 10 comms staff in job alert

Memo provides details of comms positions in new-look teams.

Downing Street has notified its press officers of new roles up for grabs following the recent comms restructure.

Number 10/Cabinet Office director of policy comms Jenny Grey and the Prime Minister's official spokesman Steve Field wrote to colleagues this week 'to confirm we have concluded the internal stage of our change programme'.

PRWeek reported at the start of the year that Andy Coulson had helped push through a radical restructure of the Downing Street comms operation just days before he resigned as comms director (PR Week, 27 January).

The new structure has seen the merger of Number 10 and Cabinet Office comms units, resulting in seven different teams.

The memo states that 'there are a large number of vacancies' in the new teams, adding that they will be advertised across Whitehall. The memo also states that 'some colleagues have not been placed into a role' as yet.

Press officers were also sent a batch of organograms showing how the new teams are shaping up.

As previously reported, a new cross-government campaigns unit is to be overseen by Michael Warren, who joins from being deputy director for government comms. All seven other posts in this unit are currently vacant.

In other teams, some positions are vacant, while others have been filled following an 'expression of interest review'.

THE EMAIL

By Jenny Grey and Steve Field

We are pleased to confirm we have concluded the internal stage of our change programme. We know it has been long haul for everyone and we would like to thank you for your patience through the period of uncertainty.

You will see that there are a large number of vacancies ... mainly as a result of the fact we have not been filling vacancies for over a year in many cases, as well as the number of staff who left through the voluntary departure scheme.

Finally, some colleagues have not been placed into a role as a result of this change programme. We will be working hard with them to secure them an alternative position through the brokerage process.

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