New roles will be coming to Salford after it was announced yesterday (12 December) that the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) will be moving to the city.

Their second headquarters will be based in Trinity Bridge House, near Salford Central Station, where there are already civil service offices.

DSIT and Building Digital UK currently has nearly 200 staff based in Greater Manchester,  a number which the government are “committed to doubling over the coming years.”

The announcement forms part of the government’s Places for Growth programme, a civil service wide commitment to grow the number of roles outside of London and the south-east to 22,000 by 2027.

Image taken/ owned by Robert Wade, Flickr

Greater Manchester is one of DSIT’s active growth locations, along with Birmingham, Bristol (from Winter 2024), Cardiff, Darlington and Edinburgh, the department “remains committed” to growing and building communities across all of these locations over this period.

Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan said: “Greater Manchester is steeped in a legacy of technological progress, rooted in the Industrial Revolution and long home to scientific pioneers like Alan Turing and Ernest Rutherford.

“By establishing our second headquarters here, we not only tap into a pool of exceptional talent but also ensure that policymakers responsible for the growth of science and technology live and work alongside a dynamic community of sci-tech leaders.”

Announcing the move, the government pointed towards Manchester’s role in one of the most significant breakthroughs in nuclear physics with the first artificial splitting of the atomic nucleus, and the discovery of isolated graphene which sparked numerous innovations in materials science and technology.

For more information click here.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *