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Employment Offices And Jobcentres

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish figures for each year since 1970 showing (a) the number of employment offices or Jobcentres in existence and distinguishing between the two, (b) the number of staff employed, and (c) the total cost.

[Pursuant to his reply, 30 November 1979, c. 807]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission, which is responsible for the public employment service, that information in the form requested is only available for part of this period.(

a) The following table shows, cumulatively, the number of Jobcentres in

existence at the end if each financial year since 1973–74 and at 28 November 1979:

Cumulative total Jobcentres

31 March 197436
31 March 197576
31 March 1976184
31 March 1977297
31 March 1978434
31 March 1979555
28 November 1979615

In each of these years the remainder of approximately 1,000 local offices were employment offices.

The earliest accurate figure of the number of local offices is for February 1975, when there were 986. Between 1 May 1973 and 27 November 1979 the number of local offices increased by 31 to 1,017, 615 of which are Jobcentres.

( b) Information on the total numbers of staff employed in employment offices and Jobcentres is not available prior to 1 October 1974. The following table shows the numbers employed at 1 October 1974 and at the beginning of each financial year since. Where figures are available, the number of staff employed in Jobcentres is also shown.



Total number of staff employed in local offices

Number employed in Jobcentres (included in (2))

1 October 197410,030


1 Aril 197510,040


1 April 197610,938


1 April 197710,9794,381
1 April 197811,1345,938
1 April 197911,3796,925

*Not available.