HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Friday, 29 August 2008

Rewarding Failure - The Gray Scale II

Paul Gray
As HMRC continues to butcher its headcount, in the drive to "improve" efficiency and reduce costs, it must be heartening to those who have been/are about to be fired to know that Paul Gray, the ex Chairman of HMRC who was responsible for losing 25 million data records, has found a new job.

BTW, Gray left HMRC with a £2.3M pension and a payoff of £400K.

Anyhoo he is now working for Praesta, helping their executives "develop their potential".

Now, as we know, Gray was initially farmed out to the Cabinet Orifice (senior members of HMRC are never left out in the cold, that simply wouldn't be very nice would it?).

Having left the Cabinet Orifice, he seemingly was still needing to earn a few pennies to keep the wolves from the door.

Luckily Praesta offered him a job.

Oh, one thing that I should mention, Praesta has £650K worth of contracts with the Government.

It warms the cockles of my heart to see HMRC and the government look after its ex employees so well. I assume that the 25,000 staff who have been/will be fired will also be treated as well?

HMRC: rewarding failure, punishing enterprise!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. I can just see it now, Paul Gray (bearing a striking resemblance to "Rufus T Firefly") puffing on his cigar and wisecracking all the way to the bank!!!

  2. IT's OK for some, whilst many of my colleagues in HMRC have an uncertain future and are about to get literally fuck all in the new pay deal.

  3. The only answer is an all-out strike; which, frankly, I cannot see is ever likely to happen.

    A work-to-rule would also be good... then we can tell the management to go fark themselves when they start reminding everyone to complete all these irritating and pointless spreadsheets.

  4. FYI, the reduction in staff numbers you refer to has been achieved primarily through natural wastage (i.e. not replacing staff who have left for other reasons) and (non-compulsory) early retirement schemes. Do you really think the unions would have allowed 15,000 staff to have been fired?

  5. It's not natural wastage, it is accelerated wastage because the staff are treated like s**t and staff are leaving in droves. HMRC are quite content to sit back and let this happen.