Business outsourcing group Capita is creating almost 200 roles in Birmingham as part of its work for the Government carrying out Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments.
Earlier this year the Government replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Capita has been carrying out assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions in central England and Wales.
Assessments across both regions will be managed from Capita’s offices in Fort Dunlop, Birmingham.
Some 170 people have already been recruited in a range of roles including enquiry centre agents, receptionists and medical advisors, as well as disability assessors who will be both office and field based.
Capita has a further 25 vacancies in the assessment enquiry centre and the positions are being filled with the support of Birmingham City Council’s Employment Team, which liaises with Work Programme providers and disability charities to help their constituents into a work environment.
Further roles are likely to be created in Birmingham as the number of assessments increases.
Capita expects to assess around one million people over the next five years.
Dr Stephen Duckworth, chief executive of Capita PIP, said: “Capita already has a substantial presence in Birmingham so it is an ideal location from which we can manage assessments across central England and Wales. We will continue to actively involve local disabled people in the way our services are designed and delivered.”