confirms: Yes, our former DWP perm sec will join Salesforce | 9/19/2019 | Staff
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The government has confirmed former permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Robert Devereux, has rocked up at ethical SaaS oufit Salesforce as veep of global public sector.

The senior Brit civil servant's move to the part-time position was first revealed by The Register in June.

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The former permanent secretary was one of the key people behind the increase of the state pension age to 68, but Devereux himself retired at the age of 61 from his £185,000 salary job in 2017. His pension pot was reported to be £1.8m in 2010/11.

Devereux told the advisory committee on business appointments (PDF) the role that tempted him out of early retirement "will largely be a mix of thought leadership and strategy, especially in the first year."

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He will be "drawing on his knowledge of the government's general concerns for value for money and more for less, in helping Salesforce think through and demonstrate the strengths of its products and its likely appeal within the public sector both in the UK and the rest of the world."

The initial approach from Salesforce to Devereux had come via a former member of staff at DWP (who worked in the IT group between 2007 and 2015), Devereux informed the committee.

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Devereux further added that he'd met his former co-worker "once or twice like many other colleagues in the department and was not aware he had joined Salesforce until he made contact years after leaving DWP".

According to the letter, the Department for Work and Pensions – which is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy...
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