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Departmental Agency Staff

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by agency. (89529)

Since 1 November 2004, my Department has used a single provider (Adecco). The key requirement of DfES is the provision of temporary administrative and secretarial cover. Agency engagements are kept as short as possible and only used to meet genuine short-term needs—no more than 13 weeks.

Prior to 1 November 2004, my Department used Brook Street and Manpower employment agencies. To establish the average working rate from these agencies since 1999 would entail disproportionate cost.

The average hourly rate paid by the Department for staff employed through Adecco for the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 was as follows:

2004-05

Grade

Average hourly charge rate (£)

AA

8.58

AO

9.94

EO

12.14

HEO

16.89

Messenger

7.97

Pers sec

14.05

Snr pers sec

14.74

2005-06

Grade

Average hourly charge rate (£)

AA

8.73

AO

10.12

EO

12.40

HEO

17.24

Messenger

8.09

Pers sec

14.24

Snr pers sec

14.97