Through recruitment of new staff to the single headquarters in Bootle, retention of key London staff through the transition period, flexibility to adapt the pace of change to any emerging pressures and continual senior management oversight, HSE will continue to maintain business continuity and deliver the major benefits that the single HQ will bring. The HSE chief executive regularly reports on progress to the HSE board and this information is available on the HSE website.
We do not envisage the move to a single headquarters in Bootle resulting in any reduction in the overall total of HSE posts. We shall however be filling posts in Bootle on the basis of establishing initially a sufficient number of qualified staff to undertake core and essential work rather than seeking immediately to fill every potentially vacant post. This will allow us to staff up more effectively the requirements of the new health and safety strategy as progressively become clear.