Frequently Asked Questions - Will there be Ministry of Defence civilian job losses in Scotland as a result of Scotland becoming independent?
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No. The current Scottish Government proposes to work with the Westminster Government to preserve continuity of employment for all staff either by way of transfer to the Scottish Government or through continued employment with the Westminster Government.
The current Scottish Government has a strong record of valuing public services in Scotland and is operating a policy of no compulsory redundancies within the public sector for which it currently has devolved responsibility.
The Westminster Government has not made any similar commitment within its own areas of responsibility. Between 2000 and 2013 Scotland saw a disproportionate decline in the number of MoD civilian staff based here – down from 9,600 to 4,020. That represents a loss of just under 60 per cent.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.