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UK Government Creating Up To 400 New Jobs In Manchester

20 Feb 2022

UK Government Creating Up To 400 New Jobs In Manchester

The UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is creating up to 400 new jobs in Manchester.

The DCMS is set to open its biggest hub outside of the capital in the North West city, to be located at Manchester’s Bruntwood Works' Bloc on Marble Street near to Picadilly Gardens.

The department is launching a concerted effort to decentralise its operations from London and will also be opening new offices in Belfast, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh and Loughborough.

The new Darlington office alone will create up to 200 new jobs as the government looks to relocate more than 20,000 civil service jobs from London to other parts of the UK over the next eight years.

Speaking after the announcement on the new regional hub in the North West, Manchester City Council’s leader, Councillor Bev Craig, said:

“This is welcome news. Not only is it a reflection of Manchester’s role as a northern epicentre for culture, media & sport and our thriving and fast-growing tech sector, it is also a move which should help stimulate further innovation and investment in the city and beyond.”

“The city is at the heart of a huge and diverse talent pool and tapping into will benefit the Government as well as bringing hundreds of jobs and other opportunities here.”

“Government must not be concentrated in the capital and having more decision-makers based in the north should help bring a different perspective. Our door is always open to discuss further such relocations,” added Councillor Craig.

The head of Culture for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Councillor Martyn Cox, also commented, saying: “A new DCMS office in the centre of Greater Manchester will create hundreds of good quality jobs in the city-region for our residents. The city-region is the fastest-growing digital and tech hub in Europe, and Greater Manchester is a great fit for the new Building Digital HQ.”

“This is also a step in the right direction of redirecting decision-making from London to our regions,” said Councillor Cox.

Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, agreed, saying: “The days of London-centric decision making belong in the past. It’s an exciting time for DCMS as we expand our regional offices and tap into a more diverse talent pool.”

“Our strength comes from our people and this will allow us to recruit the best, wherever they may be, to deliver the wide range of DCMS policies which drive growth and enrich lives all over the UK,” added the Culture Secretary.

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