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Puzzled BEIS searches for its missing staff

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is offering a £80,000 contract to any company that can find out why it has lost up to 600 employees in a year.

In the tender, published on 8 September, the department recognised that it did not know the reasons driving so many employees to leave their jobs. It aims to understand the situation better by hiring a company that can carry out exit questionnaires and interviews with leavers.

BEIS is haemorrhaging between 35 and 50 employees per month, according to the tender, and it lacks reliable data on their reasons or where they are going. The department has about 3,000 staff, but the number is expected to increase by about 10 per cent to give it capacity to cope with Brexit-related topics. 

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