The ministerial commitment is for the work to be completed by the end of December 2019. Those staff were recruited on a 9-month contract with a possibility of a further 9 months. An extension to the end of the year would fall within that timescale.
Ian Pope, group assistant secretary added, “PCS will continue to put pressure on management to extend further the contracts of the FTA staff working on Legacy Benefits IBR LEAP work. PCS will also continue to challenge the current piecemeal approach of DWP in making decisions on whether FTA staff can have their contracts extended and have demanded a meeting with them to discuss resources as a whole across the department.”
PCS will continue to make the case at every opportunity with the employer that all FTA staff in DWP should have their contracts extended with a view to being made permanent. There is a real staffing crisis in DWP and securing permanent jobs for all our FTA members is a key part of our staffing campaign.