MI5 to let go of tech-averse staffers

The United Kingdom's Security Service is instituting voluntary and compulsory layoffs, after a review of its staff's IT skills.

David Meyer Special to CNET News.com

The United Kingdom's Security Service has introduced a redundancy program for staff who lack IT skills, according to the Intelligence and Security Committee's annual report (PDF).

In the report, which was laid before parliament on March 18, Security Service Director General Jonathan Evans is quoted as saying the service--commonly known as MI5--was instituting voluntary and compulsory reduncancies--that is, layoffs--after a review of its staff profile.

"I think some of the staff perhaps aren't quite the ones that we will want for the future," Evans said, according to the report.

Read more of IT-illiterate MI5 staff face redundancy" at ZDNet UK.