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DEFRA’s recruitment drive is aimed at gearing up the department for leaving the EU. Photograph: Steph Gray CC BY-SA 2.0

DEFRA presses on with huge recruitment drive

Brexit has prompted a major recruitment drive at DEFRA, aimed at filling holes created by years of swingeing staff cuts

619 staff were eased out through voluntary early release schemes. Photograph: Google Maps

Headcount down 700 since BEIS merger  

Staffing levels at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show core and agency numbers down 13% since the business and climate change departments merged

Philip Fjeld, chief executive of CNG Fuels. Picture: CNG Fuels

Career Insight: Philip Fjeld FREE

Philip Fjeld, chief executive of major biomethane supplier CNG Fuels, shares his career insights

Shaun McCarthy OBE, director of consultancy Action Sustainability

Insider Insight: Shaun McCarthy FREE

Shaun McCarthy OBE, director of consultancy Action Sustainability, tells us about his new role as chair of IEMA’s Professional Standards Committee.

The number of staff employed at the EA has fallen by at least 1,700 since 2014. Photograph: Conor McGlone

Environment Agency accelerated staff cuts in 2016/17

This year’s EA corporate report reveals the agency ramped up cuts to permanent staff last year while doubling the employment of temporary staff

The renewable energy sector ontinues to grow, but job creation is slowing due to policy changes. Photograph: Marco Guidi/123RF

‘Bonfire of policies’ slows renewables jobs growth

The UK’s renewable energy sector continues to grow, but growth of employment is slowing due to policy roll-backs and uncertainties since 2015 and the EU referendum.

Ian Dickie, economics director at eftec. Photo: eftec

Career Insight: Ian Dickie

Ian Dickie, a director of economics for the environmental economics consultancy eftec and of the Aldersgate Group, shares his career insights

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