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Prison Service Recruitment and Retention

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence underlay the decision by HM Prison Service to provide industrial and agricultural grades with a £350 recruitment and retention payment; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the payment on recruitment and retention. (108767)

Following identified concerns from managers, a recruitment and retention allowancefor specified trades was introduced in 2005. While establishments have stated that recruitment and retention problems have eased in targeted trades, a reduced allowance of £350 for 2006 is still required to maintain progress. Further review and impact assessment will be undertaken as part of the current Job Evaluation project.