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Departmental Staff

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed by (a) the Department for Work and Pensions or the Department for Social Security and (b) each executive agency in each year since 1997. [102992]

Information is not available in the format requested prior to June 2001. Such information as is available is given in the table.

Benefits Agency63,718
Child Support Agency9,92110,86911,209
Employment Service32,198
Appeals Service905909884
Jobcentre plus83,78378,543
The Pension Service9,93015,801
The Department for Work and Pensions9,37020,00220,566
Total staff116,112125,493127,003


Numbers are WTE (rounded) and are consistent with Cabinet Office definitions other than the inclusion of staff on paid maternity leave.

2. Numbers for 2001 and 2002 are point in time as at 30 June each year. Figures for 2003 are point in time as at 28 February 2003, the latest data available.

3. The increase in Department for Work and Pensions staffing in 2002 and 2003 is due to the inclusion of staff in Disability and Carers Service and Child Benefit Centre, previously counted as part of Benefits Agency