Department secures 125 jobs for North West in £7 million contract deal

Date published: 10 July 2017

A further major contract has been secured by the Department for Communities (DfC) with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The £7 million contract will deliver Universal Credit services to claimants in Great Britain and will secure an additional 125 jobs in Northern Ireland.

The posts will be based at the Lisahally Service Centre near Derry/Londonderry.  

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: “This is good news for DfC and for Northern Ireland, bringing to 594 the number of new jobs secured by the Department over the past year to deliver DWP services.

"This third major contract for DfC is testament to the continued confidence DWP has in our capacity to provide high quality services for customers in Great Britain."

While some of the posts will be filled in the first instance through internal redeployment, it is expected that a large proportion of the posts will be filled through external recruitment.

The contract is for an initial two year period worth just over £3.5 million per annum and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017.  It follows previous DWP contracts announced in September and December 2016, worth a combined £20 million.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Department for Communities currently employs approximately 1900 staff providing services to claimants in Great Britain on behalf of DWP.
  2. For media enquiries, please contact DfC Press Office on 028 90 823 502. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.
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