About 1,000 jobs at the Department for Education (DfE) – a quarter of its total workforce – are being cut in an efficiency drive.
Civil servants losing their jobs will be made redundant within two years, as the DfE focuses on priority work.
The DfE was making administrative cuts of 42% by 2014-15 – but following a review ordered in June, the cuts have been raised to 50% (£290m) by 2015-16.
The news was announced to staff on Tuesday, prompting concern from unions.
BBC political correspondent Carole Walker says Education Secretary Michael Gove has gone further than any of his Cabinet colleagues in slashing the costs of running his department and this will increase the pressure on other ministers to follow suit…
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