The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) handed out nearly £600k in exit packages to 13 staff who chose voluntary redundancy in 2014/15, the organisation’s annual report has revealed.

The report shows that exit packages for the year totalled up to £575k, with nine employees each handed between £25,000 and £50,000 upon leaving and four others paid between £50k and £100k each.

A UKCES spokesperson told FE Week the packages were arranged in line with civil service rules and included “compensation for loss of office” payments.

She said: “The commission ran a voluntary exit scheme which resulted in 13 staff leaving the organisation. The scheme was part of a wider programme of restructuring resources to enable the organisation to focus on future priorities.

“The exit payments were agreed and made in line with the standard civil service terms and were approved by the Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.”


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