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UK Government Pays Bonuses to Key Intelligence Staff; Increase Retention

Having seen many of its key intelligence staff lured away by tech heavyweights like Google and Microsoft, the UK government has apparently found a solution to the issue.

According to reports, the government is going to offer bonuses and payouts to key intelligence staff to ensure they don't leave their jobs at the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ).

"Experienced Internet specialists are highly prized by both Government and industry, and GCHQ recognises that it therefore needs to maintain its competitiveness in the marketplace," the Cabinet Office said in a statement, according to a report by The Next Web.

Meanwhile, expressing his inability to hire and retain crucial intelligence staff, GCHQ director Iain Lobban said to the MPs earlier last year: "Month-on-month, we are losing whizzes who will basically say, ‘I'm sorry, I am going to take three times the salary'."

Now the UK government is considering every option to prevent this unfortunate trend from continuing into the future. The UK Cabinet Office has already stated that the bonuses to be paid to its key staff have been already given the green light.