Yesterday, I received a Freedom of Information file containing (part of) the Jobbridge database.
Showing it to a friend, I ran a trivial search: Who sought the greatest number of jobbridgers?
Three organisations requested 30 “interns”. For now, I can only tell you one of them. Step forward, Citizenship Division, Department of Justice and Equality.
Here’s Alan Shatter, speaking at a citizenship ceremony on 14 June:
When the Government came into office 15 months ago there was an enormous backlog of approximately 22000 citizenship applications awaiting decision. Approximately 17000 of these had been waiting in a barely moving queue for in excess of six months with an average waiting time in excess of two years. Some, indeed, had waited three to four years.
Having made decisions on almost 28000 applications since I took office, including more than 13800 so far this year, I think I can safely say that the steps that I initiated within my Department to deal with the backlog of citizenship applications have been a huge success.
Yes folks, your government, which has put in place a hiring freeze, is using its training scheme to hire workers on less than minimum wage to clear an administrative backlog.