DFID does not hold information centrally on how much was paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997, and this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
From 2005-06, information on agency costs, and the cost of other staff employed on short-term contracts, has been collated when preparing DFID’s resource accounts. The total agency costs for 2005-06 were £3.8 million. The costs of those on short-term contracts was £1.7 million. The equivalent information for previous years is not available.
In 2007, DFID will be joining an existing scheme, set up by the Prison Service, for the provision of temporary staff. Once the new arrangements come into force, information on the cost of hiring temporary staff will be available from a central source.