Lots being written today about the MOD and its new bonus pyments for "Staff in the front line" according to Postman Pat Alan Johnson.
Now that sounds good but it is not the troops he is referring to............oh no.....its the sad sacks in Whitehall.
VotR has a good piece here so pop over and have a look to update yourself.
However what I wanted to do is advise on probably the most bloated and in efficient dept in government as we speak.
As of 1/4/09 the number of civillian posts in the MOD was 86970 (source)
ROYAL NAVY SUMMARY
Trained Strength Nov 2008 34,710
Note: The above figures include 7,700 Royal Marines but do not include the approximate figure of 2,300 personnel from the Army attached to 3 Commando Brigade.
Not included in the above figures are approximately 2,270 civilian personnel manning support ships operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).
As at November 2008, the Naval Service had a deficit of 1,300 trained personnel.
Trained Strength 98,280
The RAF operates almost 1,109 aircraft and, as of 31 March 2009, had a projected trained strength of 41,440 regular personnel.
So quick spot maths gives us 174430 people who you could define as uniformed staff.
That plays an MOD civillian group of some 86970.
Giving a 2:1 civvy to uniform ration.
UN F****NG believable.
2 to 1...........where else other than the MOD even in government could you have such a ratio.
Talk about a fat, bloated, inefficient department.
And to further prove the point read this earlier post I did some months ago on the the MOD staff who are actually paid full tiem to do NOTHING.
So keep paying the bonus for nothing and we will keep watching the bodies arrive at RAF Lyneham then driving through Wooton Bassett.