Government IT role gets inflation busting rise

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Government IT role gets inflation busting rise

Kathleen Hall

The Cabinet Office is advertising for the £120,000 a year position of deputy CIO, which includes a 33% salary increase on the previous incumbent Bill McCluggage .

The news comes as the Cabinet Office has named Andy Nelson, the CIO at the Ministry of Justice, the next government CIO.

The pay rise arguably reflects the increased importance the Cabinet Office is placing on the position of deputy CIO, as the government seeks to move to the implementation stage of its ICT strategy.

McCluggage previously told Computer Weekly that new government deputy CIO will need a fresh set of skills to manage public sector ICT transformation.

In the job specification the Cabinet Office said it was seeking an IT professional with a blue chip training and experience gained in top-flight consulting and ideally IT in a large scale corporate.

“Your people skills will be exceptional and your influencing and stakeholder management capacity will be equally top class. The complexities of this role will challenge you, not daunt you,” it said.

“This is a high visibility role in which success can enhance your career considerably, but will test the highest talents in the market,” it added.

Whitehall is also advertising for a CIO for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), following the departure of government CIO Joe Harley in March 2012 – who is also currently the DWP CIO.

The vacancy comes as the DWP is tasked with developing an IT system for its flagship universal credit programme. “This is one of the most influential roles in IT in the UK and will require the highest levels of skills and experience to undertake it.  Rewards for success are however clear both personally and in the outputs of DWP,” said the job spec.

No salary amount was given with the job description, but Harley had previously received £225,000 - £229,999 for his position as CIO at the DWP.  

The closing date for the both government deputy CIO and DWP CIO is February 6.


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