Apr 11 2012 By Louise Reilly
MP Michael McCann has welcomed the transfer of 50 jobs to the Department of International Development headquarters in East Kilbride.
The Labour politician yesterday told the News that he had received a call from Stephen O'Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, confirming that consultation with trade unions had started and that the job moves would be completed over the next 18 months.
It is understood around 50 high-profile posts are to transfer from London to the Hairmyres site in the near future.
Mr McCann said: These jobs will be highly skilled and will be a welcome addition to DFIDs East Kilbride headquarters.
Some people may choose to move from London to East Kilbride with their job and if they do so they will be warmly welcomed into our community
However, other jobs will be filled locally.
The East Kilbride headquarters was hit by job loss fears in February 2011 when it was announced up to 30 per cent of corporate posts would be lost over three to four years as part of a restructuring of the agency announced by the Government.
However, Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, allayed these fears during the East Kilbride sites 30th birthday celebrations last November, confirming that there would be a transfer of administrative jobs to the town.
DFID are moving to new accommodation in Whitehall.
However, the new premises are not big enough to accommodate current staffing levels in London and transfers will be made to East Kilbride.
Mr Mitchell said: Moving around 50 more posts to East Kilbride will significantly boost the number and variety of jobs based in Scotland and continues our investment in Abercrombie House as joint headquarters for the UK Government's Department for International Development.
Mr McCann added: I remain concerned, however, about the decision to cut a third of the corporate service division posts at Abercrombie House, particularly as the aid budget is set to increase to 0.7 per cent of GDP.
I will continue to monitor those changes closely but in the meantime confirmation that 50 new posts will move to Abercrombie House is welcome news in these difficult times.