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Departmental Agency Staff

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by agency. (89509)

The Department has call-off contracts with Adecco, Brook Street and Reed, who are contracted to provide temporary staff when required. This contract is also used by some of the Department's executive agencies. The following tables show the average hourly rates (across pay bands) for each agency. The information held is from 2002 onwards and hourly rates for each pay band are agreed with the agencies as part of their contract with the Department.

London Rates

Adecco

Brook Street

Reed

2002

12.45

11.92

13.17

2003

12.79

12.32

13.62

2004

13.06

12.53

13.91

2005

13.61

13.10

14.50

2006

14.27

13.28

14.49

Regional Rates

Adecco

Brook Street

Reed

2002

12.24

9.89

10.07

2003

12.24

10.25

10.40

2004

12.49

10.48

10.63

2005

13.02

10.93

11.06

2006

Not available

Not available

Not available

In addition some of the Department's executive agencies also use other agencies to provide temporary staff. Details of these are as follows:

Highways Agency—£13.19

GCDA (£)

2001-02

9.39

2002-03

10.31

2003-04

10.38

2004-05

11.32

2005-06

11.00

The use of temporary staff is something that the Department only considers to cover a short-term temporary period such as covering leave or while a permanent resource is found. The Department actively manages its headcount and will consider any displaced staff for temporary roles prior to obtaining a temporary agency worker.