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Open Structure

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what percentage of posts in the Civil Service open structure is held by scientists and by professional and technical staff.

Posts in the open structure may be held by any civil servant with the ability and qualifications to do the job successfully, irrespective of the occupational group or class in which he has previously served, and records are not kept in the form required to answer the question precisely.On 2 January 1980 about 40 per cent. of posts in the Civil Service open structure

Appointed from outside the Civil Service1361109673
Appointed from among serving officers50325237

Numbers of permanent staff in post in the main Departments at 1 April 1974, 1 April 1975 and 1 January 1980, the latest date for which figures are available, are set out in the following table.were held by staff with a scientific or technical background. There will be others whose careers have been mainly in administration whose basic training or qualifications were scientific or technical or who have professional qualifications.