That's heartening to know. The £200 per day for a G6 bit, that is.A friend of mine left the forces earlier this year and has been unable to get a job, in spite of being well qualified in programme and project delivery. Timing is everything. However, he applied for Civil Service jobs including a Grade 6 role (roughly equivalent to Capt/Col/Gp Capt) with the Department of Health Test and Trace. He was eventually interviewed (six weeks after the application deadline) by two young guys (mid 20s) including one called Iqbal and wearing a Sunni prayer cap apparently. They explained that they were contracted-in to interview candidates, but admitted they knew nothing about the roles on offer and when applicants would be notified of the outcome.
He was notified a week later that he had met the standard for Grade 6 but that there were no jobs available. Three days later he received an email confirming a G6 offer. Which changed to a G7 and then back to a G6 within a week. Knowing that I deal a lot with the Civil Service in my current role, he has been sharing with me the bizarre email trail.
Fast forward another couple of weeks, he receives a call telling him that his IT is ready (before he had received confirmation of the position). He goes into Victoria St, London, picked up his IT (no id asked for...) and then I met him for a socially-distanced drink at the Club. This was over a week ago. He dutifully logs on each morning to no email, and apart from contacting HR several times asking who his 'vacancy holder' is, he has heard nothing. Not bad for roughly £200 per day gross.
A shambles...I am encouraging him to write to his MP about this...but he also knows he's on to a good thing. But none of this surprises me in the least. I thought the MOD was a bit inefficient, as was the FCDO, but that's nothing compared with other departments!