When is a new job not a new job?
This afternoon a series of press releases were issued trumpeting the opening of a new IT centre in Liverpool by Tata Consultancy Services where 300 people will work.
The announcement was part of Prime Minister David Cameron's trade delegation to India.
It was duly reported that 300 new jobs would be coming Liverpool's way.
David Cameron's press office at Number 10 Downing Street even sent out a quote on behalf of the PM: "Tata has played a transformative role in the UK and I'm delighted that their consultancy service is now opening a delivery centre in Liverpool creating 300 new jobs.
"This will make a real difference to the local economy and further strengthen the company's ties to the UK."
So far so good. Until I get a phone call from a PR on behalf of TCS to say that we should not be reporting 300 new jobs on our website. Just because the new facility will "house 300 workers" does not mean 300 new jobs will be created.
It turns out that TCS will be running the IT centre for the newly formed Disclosure and Barring Service.
The DBS, which is part of the Home Office, was created in December when the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority merged.
It turns out that TCS won the contract from Capita which currently runs the CRB services from Liverpool, and employs around 200.
A number of new jobs will be created, but TCS said it could not say how many as some workers would be transferring from Capita.
Capita's contract runs out in June, the TCS contract starts in July.
Now we know that at least 100 new jobs will be created. Good news. But 100 is not 300.
So when is a new job not a new job? When that job already exists and is being transferred from one company to another.
It's simple maths really.