29 September 2009
Sadly this does not include the many workers on contract providing catering, cleaning, maintenance etc etc. This is why Military salaries are now a small part of the total annual MOD budget shrinking towards 20%. Clealry not military jobs are the areas to focus cuts and seek effciencies.
Edmund Burdes - UK
29 September 2009
At last somebody has said so. The base of the pyramid is so broad the sharp end is blunt. !!!!!!!!!
John Walkley - Budapest, Hungary
30 September 2009
A failed organisation. Given its sizeable budget it adds little value to the taxpayers.
Chris - Essex
02 October 2009
"the total number of civil servants has fallen by 23,000 since 2005."...Fine quote from a Civil Service Press Officer. The Armed forces should have been increased by this number. Many civil service jobs could be carried out by serving or ex-service personnel who know a lot more about military matters, and at much less cost. How much has the military been reduced since the Berlin wall came down? And, HMG has more plans to reduce numbers of our Armed Forces.
Paul Cooper - Blackpool
23 November 2009
It would be very interesting to know how many civil servants were employed by the Ministry of Defence during World War Two. Does anyone know?
Tommy Atkins - UK
08 April 2010
The comments from Mr Cooper of Blackpool are nothing but laughable. The cost of Retired Officers far out way the cost to employ a civil servant. That is fact! As for knowing a lot more about military matters, well most cases there is no need to have a knowledge of military matters. How much military knowledge id needed to let a contract? Or pay a serviceman? Go away and do your home work and come back when you are less ill-informed!
Stu - Scotland
07 June 2010
To Stu in Scotland, who I quote 'How much military knowledge is needed to let a contract?' More knowledge apparently than the idiots who placed a massive order with the USA for helicopters and who forgot to include in the contract a requirement for the software codes needed to operate them.
Vic Warren - Midhurst, Sussex
19 October 2010
What a lot of people maybe not realise, is part of the reason there are so many civil servants in the MoD was due to a Labour Defence Review where military people were transfered out of office and Uk based roles to concentrate on more military roles. This allowed cheaper to employ and pension civil servants (who will be in the job longer that the 3-5 year posting) to take over these roles. Also there are a lot of civil servants who have been deployed overseas into war zones carryout specialist support roles which commercial companies will not and cannot do due to insurance purposes. Yes I am one of these Civil Servants, and have seen several rotations of service personel out of my area just when they start to become effective at their job due to training and experience gained, to have start the process over again with a new military bod.
Anon - UK