London: British officials have decided to launch a redundancy programme after some of the veteran intelligence officers of MI5 were said to be struggling with the use of Internet.
The Security Service will be laying off employees to take in new intelligence officers who can handle information technology and possess other “deployable” skills.
A programme of “both voluntary and compulsory redundancies” is set to be introduced, revealed Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, told a Parliamentary committee.
“I think some of the staff perhaps are not quite the ones that we will want for the future,” The Telegraph quoted Evans, as telling the Intelligence and Security Committee.
The plan was aimed at improving the skills profile of the organisation and increasing the number of its staff that can be deployed on active operations, it was said.