How do they get this promotion?
Just get approval from their line manager.
However, there is one minor catch, they do have to sign to the revised terms and conditions of employment that came into force in May 2013. I understand that the key aspect of these new conditions, that worries staff, is the "Full Mobility" aspect. This means that HMRC can require AOs to be mobile within the department, and also across other government departments within the bounds of reasonableness.
Fair enough, if there is a clear definition of "reasonableness".
Those who sign up and, at some stage in the future, are required to move to a place/role/department that they decline will leave without redundancy.
In other news, I understand that staff are now allowed to use Twitter and Facebook (in the their own time only).
Tax does have to be taxing.
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