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Recruitment Agencies

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (110487)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not have a central record of the numbers of staff under contract from agencies. The annual financial accounts have provided the cost of agency staff since 1997. The reason for the increase was a recruitment freeze during 2004. The FCO started to recruit permanent staff again during 2005-06, filling gaps caused by security clearance delays with temporary agency staff. There will be a reduction in agency staff during 2007. Agencies have been selected subject to the availability of suitably security-cleared staff, the performance of staff and negotiated rates.

£

1997-98

445,944

1998-99

804,788

1999-00

971,657

2000-01

1,255,817

2001-02

1,933,841

2002-03

1,850,779

2003-04

2,357,123

2004-05

1,114,873

2005-06

2,299,111