Security cleared jobs news roundup: February 2022

Published on: 1 Mar 2022

We're rounding up some of the biggest security cleared stories of the past few weeks. In February, the UK deployed more armed forces to help bolster Nato's borders, steps were taken to improve the level of employment support offered to veterans, and plans to create thousands of civil service jobs in England and Wales were unveiled. 

UK boosts Nato's eastern borders as tensions rise

The UK has deployed more equipment to help defend Nato's eastern flank as tensions with Russia remain high in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel are all involved in deployments across the region.

Around 1,000 troops are set to be redeployed from Germany to Estonia, including Challenger 2 tanks and armoured vehicles of the Royal Welsh battlegroup, doubling the UK's presence in the country. Elsewhere, additional Typhoon fighters have been dispatched to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, from where they are patrolling Nato airspace over Romania and Poland. The Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond has also left Portsmouth for the eastern Mediterranean, where it will join the offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace said: "Alongside our Nato allies, these deployments constitute a credible deterrent to stop Russian aggression threatening the territorial sovereignty of member states. We will make all deployments necessary to ensure strong and credible deterrence and defence across the alliance, now and in the future."

Service leavers set to get more help finding jobs

People leaving the armed forces should find it easier to get the support they need to transition to the civilian workforce after two of the country's leading military charities announced they are to merge their employment efforts.

The Officers' Association and RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity are to set up a new organisation - called Forces Employment Charity - to help provide advice, support and training opportunities to those looking for a new career post-military. Between them, the two charities helped more than 25,000 ex-forces personnel last year and the consolidated arrangement will help improve the services they offer.

Alistair Halliday, chief executive designate of Forces Employment Charity, said: "The creation of this new charity is motivated by a desire to maximise outcomes for beneficiaries, who will enjoy unrivalled access to employment services of the highest quality. We believe that veterans and service personnel of all ranks have a range of skills that make them well placed to thrive in the public or private sector."  

MoJ aims to create more than 2,000 new jobs across England and Wales

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced plans to create more than 2,000 new central government jobs across seven new regional offices in England and Wales, as part of plans to offer more opportunities outside London.

New Justice Collaboration Centres will be opened in Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, South Tyneside, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton, along with a series of satellite offices, in an effort to diversify civil service roles and level up communities. Positions in areas such as finance, human resources and digital are all set to be included in the plans, with roles to be advertised nationally rather than tied to a single location.

Deputy prime minister and secretary of state for justice Dominic Raab said that by having more staff based outside London, the MoJ will be able to recruit the best people wherever they live, ensuring that the justice system benefits from more diverse backgrounds, outlooks and experience.

Joint UK-Japan fighter project set to boost UK engineering jobs

The UK government has signed a letter of agreement with Japan to collaborate on new sensor technology for fighter aircraft that will support jobs around the UK and aid the development of cutting-edge military capabilities.

Around 75 new positions are set to be supported by the project, which will receive funding from the UK's £2 billion Combat Air Strategy. This will include 40 highly-skilled engineering jobs at Leonardo in Edinburgh. The project, known as Jaguar, is set to last five years and see contractors design, build and evaluate a new universal radio frequency sensor technology that could enable the armed forces to better detect future threats from air, land and sea.

Minister for defence procurement Jeremy Quin said: "This crucial relationship will see us acquire truly advanced technology to protect our nations for decades to come whilst creating significant investment and highly-skilled jobs in the UK and Japan."