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Staff Qualifications

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers and percentages of his staff in grades 1 to 7 who have (a) arts, (b) science and (c) technical degrees, (d) who are qualified accountants, (e) have postgraduate qualifications in management and (f) who were educated in (i) local authority and (ii) private schools.

[holding answer 2 May 1990]: The table relates to staff recorded on the Department's headquarters personnel computer system, including professional staff. Information about the remainder of the Department's staff is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

NumberPer cent.
Total number of staff in grades 1 to 73422100
Number with arts degrees7217
Number with science degrees119847
Number with law degrees24110
Number with post-graduate qualifications in management
Number with no degree11126
1 One hundred and sixty-four of whom have medical degrees.
2 There are no members of staff with other "technical" degrees.
3 Only one of the 422 staff in grades 1 to 7 is a qualified accountant, 0·2 per cent, of the total.

Note: No details of types of school attended are held and a separate clerical exercise to ascertain the information would involve disproportionate cost.