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Probation Service

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) active and (b) inactive operational vacancies there were for each probation area in England and Wales at the end of each of the past five financial years. (48448)

Information is not available for the full period requested. Data on active vacancies has only been collected since 1 April 2004.

The figures presented show active vacancies, in terms of full-time equivalent value, at the close of each quarter from 1 April 2004 to 30 September 2005. An active vacancy is one which a probation area is actively trying to fill through a recruitment process. The table also shows active vacancies as a percentage, shown in brackets, of total available posts. This shows the proportion of vacancies being carried by each area relative to the size of the work force in that area.

The National Probation Service is unable to provide figures on the number of inactive vacancies. This is because not all probation areas operate a set establishment against which inactive vacancies can be measured.

2004-05

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Figure

Percentage

Figure

Percentage

Figure

Percentage

Avon and Somerset

56.40

10.50

34.10

6.74

73.00

12.88

Bedfordshire

8.67

4.40

10.31

5.53

11.00

5.70

Cambridgeshire

13.49

5.78

15.29

6.59

19.47

8.03

Cheshire

29.50

8.02

20.80

5.60

0.00

0.00

Cumbria

9.00

5.32

12.86

7.21

14.35

7.71

Derbyshire

0.00

0.00

10.80

2.95

12.80

3.57

Devon and Cornwall

19.90

4.32

26.30

5.80

18.80

4.03

Dorset

16.70

7.65

23.57

10.51

15.30

6.73

Durham

8.00

2.95

4.00

1.45

1.00

0.34

Dyfed Powys

6.80

4.71

11.70

7.50

4.20

2.76

Essex

19.60

4.51

4.00

0.97

2.00

0.46

Gloucestershire

1.52

0.90

2.66

1.52

3.88

2.14

Gwent

9.00

3.77

4.00

1.67

7.50

3.09

Hampshire

8.73

1.70

18.25

3.55

12.50

2.35

Hertfordshire

16.90

7.36

16.10

6.78

16.10

6.81

Humberside

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Kent

26.53

5.54

33.50

6.97

30.95

6.34

Lancashire

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Leicestershire

19.80

4.29

13.70

2.99

16.70

3.64

Lincolnshire

24.10

9.58

7.10

3.12

10.80

4.52

Merseyside

1.00

0.13

1.00

0.13

1.00

0.13

Norfolk

0.00

0.00

26.60

10.16

16.38

6.43

North Yorkshire

15.20

6.20

12.90

5.48

0.00

0.00

North Wales

14.10

5.77

15.00

5.99

13.00

5.19

Northamptonshire

21.00

8.78

15.00

6.67

20.54

8.84

Northumbria

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Nottinghamshire

12.80

2.57

12.80

2.65

12.80

2.54

South Wales

105.80

17.35

66.25

10.88

24.00

4.10

South Yorkshire

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Staffordshire

18.90

4.51

41.10

9.48

23.51

5.36

Suffolk

10.36

5.03

12.01

5.77

12.20

5.55

Surrey

45.50

16.49

40.70

14.59

28.20

10.32

Sussex

27.10

7.20

40.40

10.84

20.50

5.34

Teeside

4.00

1.30

6.40

2.06

8.80

2.74

Thames Valley

44.90

6.99

66.10

10.10

49.80

7.54

Warwickshire

8.70

5.10

6.60

4.01

9.90

5.73

West Mercia

26.93

7.04

15.73

4.11

11.90

3.09

West Yorkshire

78.30

7.20

87.10

7.92

66.30

5.93

Wiltshire

14.50

9.30

14.50

9.41

11.30

7.05

NPS total

743.73

3.75

749.23

3.78

600.48

2.98

2004-052005-06

Quarter 4

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Figure

Percentage

Figure

Percentage

Figure

percentage

Avon and Somerset

67.70

11.72

67.90

11.71

77.60

12.96

Bedfordshire

15.20

7.30

17.20

8.34

0.00

0.00

Cambridgeshire

18.32

7.61

22.80

9.20

14.10

5.65

Cheshire

5.60

1.55

21.00

5.53

48.90

10.70

Cumbria

6.45

3.55

5.50

2.95

19.30

9.73

Derbyshire

9.20

2.52

8.80

2.38

0.00

0.00

Devon and Cornwall

15.30

3.21

11.30

2.35

31.40

6.34

Dorset

9.30

4.12

20.60

8.91

17.40

7.37

Durham

4.04

1.32

19.80

6.27

27.70

8.67

Dyfed Powys

6.30

4.09

4.60

2.97

3.50

2.15

Essex

6.80

1.49

7.00

1.52

7.00

1.50

Gloucestershire

7.88

4.33

10.09

5.40

14.31

7.50

Gwent

11 .90

5.00

8.00

3.49

2.30

0.98

Hampshire

14.50

2.65

26.00

4.49

0.00

0.00

Hertfordshire

16.10

6.90

20.60

8.84

12.40

5.48

Humberside

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Kent

25.08

5.10

26.96

5.55

29.31

6.09

Lancashire

22.60

3.67

28.50

4.71

21.50

3.56

Leicestershire

20.80

4.50

30.60

6.24

20.30

4.23

Lincolnshire

4.00

1.70

8.00

3.46

5.00

2.17

Merseyside

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Norfolk

13.25

4.88

5.00

1.83

11.00

3.84

North Yorkshire

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

North Wales

5.20

2.11

7.50

2.96

7.60

2.99

Northamptonshire

6.00

2.65

19.60

8.19

28.10

11.74

Northumbria

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Nottinghamshire

12.80

2.42

12.80

2.35

12.80

2.32

South Wales

23.50

3.97

40.50!

6.58

26.00

4.13

South Yorkshire

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Staffordshire

20.40

4.61

12.50

2.92

12.20

2.82

Suffolk

11.00

4.99

12.10

5.37

29.38

12.06

Surrey

18.50

6.82

27.20

9.48

23.90

8.38

Sussex

20.00

5.11

17.00

4.39

3.00

0.79

Teeside

9.80

3.00

30.80

8.32

52.60

13.59

Thames Valley

52.40

7.78

59.20

8.84

55.30

8.38

Warwickshire

4.50

2.59

5.80

3.38

4.00

2.29

West Mercia

8.51

2.21

13.60

3.51

21.66

5.52

West Yorkshire

52.18

4.83

50.50

4.61

97.78

8.75

Wiltshire

10.60

6.74

9.60

6.29

21.70

13.09

NPS total

555.71

2.74

688.95

3.35

759.04

3.64

Notes: 1. London figures are not included because the area is currently undertaking a recruitment exercise to achieve a 10 per cent. increase in staffing levels this year. The London probation area has only been able to provide active vacancy information from quarter 1 2005-06. 2. The Greater Manchester and West Midlands probation areas have also been omitted as they are not able to provide active vacancy figures at present.