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Departmental Agency Staff

Volume 450: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by agency. (89418)

The Department’s policy is first to source any requirements for temporary administrative staff from the local Jobcentre Plus office. If this is unsuccessful we acquire agency staff through a framework agreement led by the Prison Service. Under these arrangements the average hourly rate by agency in 2005-06 was:






1 Mainly London based staff

Information on earlier years is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.