Brigadier Jackson heads to Serco

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Brigadier Jolyon Jackson will join services outsourcing firm Serco as director of transformation in the new year, leaving his current position as the director of recruiting and training in the British Army, as reported by the Mirror.

This comes the month after recruiter.co.uk reported that Serco was competing with Capita in the final stages of a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) bid to manage army recruitment.

A Serco spokesperson reiterated to Recruiter a statement issued to the Mirror: “This process has been totally open and transparent and he will not be involved in Army recruitment should we win the contract.”

Jackson’s contract was signed in the summer, the spokesperson tells Recruiter.

Jackson told Recruiter in an interview published 18 August 2010 that after 30 years in the armed forces he was planning to leave later that year, saying “I’ll be looking for something rewarding and worthwhile to do.”

Appointments: Brigadier Jackson heads to Serco | News | Recruiter


Snout in the trough?? Surely it can't be right he can move across so swiftly to a firm that he had dealings with while at the MOD?
 
#4
Nothing new.... Senior Naval Officers retire to consult with Babcocks or BAe, RAF to Westlands or BAe and all sorts of people got very lucrative deals working for Atlas as part of DII.
 

The_Duke

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And guess what?

Lots of people in the private sector leave one job to go to work for someone that they used to have dealings with. After all, would you rather employ someone purely on the basis of a CV and interview, or someone that you have built up a reasonable working relationship with over time?
 
#8
And guess what? Lots of people in the private sector leave one job to go to work for someone that they used to have dealings with.
Not quite that straightforward. There's usually a 'do not contact for 'x' period of time' codecil installed in the proceedings, or at least that's been my experience in the commercial world. Stops folks from pinching others's clients on a straightaway basis. Perhaps your experiences are at variance?
 
#9
And guess what?

Lots of people in the private sector leave one job to go to work for someone that they used to have dealings with. After all, would you rather employ someone purely on the basis of a CV and interview, or someone that you have built up a reasonable working relationship with over time?
Or someone who you owe a favour...
 
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Not quite that straightforward. There's usually a 'do not contact for 'x' period of time' codecil installed in the proceedings, or at least that's been my experience in the commercial world. Stops folks from pinching others's clients on a straightaway basis. Perhaps your experiences are at variance?
Most "agencies" stipulate 12 months of not working in the same field for their competitors for that very reason.
 

The_Duke

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Not quite that straightforward. There's usually a 'do not contact for 'x' period of time' codecil installed in the proceedings, or at least that's been my experience in the commercial world. Stops folks from pinching others's clients on a straightaway basis. Perhaps your experiences are at variance?
Restrictive covenants exist but are usually negotiable. If they are too onerous they can be deemed a "restraint of trade" and can be overridden at court. They are usually tied into the relevant standing of the person (ie longer for more senior staff, and subject to remuneration by way of longer notice periods, or a salary that reflects the possibility of someone being kept out "gardening" for a while.

They also don't exist for the armed forces, to the best of my knowledge.
 
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I think they exist for Civil Servants, but having seen so many military retire/resign recently and move straight in with QinetiQ I would have to agree that there don't appear to be restrictions on military personnel.
 
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I think they exist for Civil Servants, but having seen so many military retire/resign recently and move straight in with QinetiQ I would have to agree that there don't appear to be restrictions on military personnel.
They don't seem to exist for CS either in the MOD. since the pay freeze quite a number have been released on VERS or resigned only to reappear a few weeks later employed by the likes of Babcocks, BAe, Roll Royce etc on considerably better rates of pay and terms and conditions.
 
#14
It's not what you know it's who you know.
 
#16
I work for serco as a bin man. He can work on my lorry as long as he can keep up I'd be glad to have him.
 
#18
####Does it really matter.

Bitch, bitch, bitch!

Do you really care what an ex Brigadier does after getting out of the Army.

I don't give a shit!
 
#19
Generally, if you work for a defence prime, they'll give you gardening leave for the duration of your notice period, typically 3-6 months - if you're fairly senior - if you resign. Any more, or any sort of restrictive covenant, would probably not stand up in court.

Senior military folk leaving the forces have a relatively limited shelf life before their contacts book becomes outdated; fair play to a 55-year old Major General if he can get himself three years on a decent salary to top up before he needs to start filling out application forms for B&Q.
 

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