Members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) can pay additional contributions to top up their pension either through the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contributions Scheme (CSAVCS), a money purchase arrangement, or by buying added years of service in the PCSPS. As an alternative to membership of the PCSPS recruits from 1 October 2002 have been able to join a stakeholder arrangement, the partnership pension account.
The number and percentage of staff in the department who are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension as at 1 May 2005 are shown in the table.
Number Percentage of Headcount (excl Ministers and Special Advisers) CSAVCS 5 0.95 Added Years 19 3.6 Partnership 5 0.95
Percentage of Headcount (excl Ministers and Special Advisers)
The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Sick absence figures are contained in the annual report entitled Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service published by the Cabinet Office. Table A of the report gives details of both the average working days absence per staff year and the number of staff years on which that calculation is based. The most recent report for the calendar year 2004 was published on 1 November 2005, copies of which are available in the Library. This report and those for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are available on the Cabinet Office website at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/occupational_ health/publications/index.asp
In each of the last three years, the number of employees who did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report totalled less than five. The actual numbers and the percentages these represent of the total number of staff cannot be released on grounds of confidentiality.