Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said:
"I believe it is completely inappropriate for any senior permanent position in the civil service to be held by a contractor instead of a civil servant paying tax in the ordinary way.
"These new measures are an important step in addressing the relatively small number of cases that breach this principle.
"Of course, like all other organisations, the civil service needs to bring in certain specialist skills for short periods and it wouldn't make sense to incur the cost of putting these people on the payroll.
"But it is only right that the civil service should be more transparent than any other employer about these arrangements."
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