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Recruitment Agencies

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional 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. (110486)

My Department has had a centrally managed contract with Kelly Services Ltd. for the provision of agency staff since 2001. Prior to this, expenditure relating to temporary staff was not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information regarding the expenditure on temporary staff employed through Kelly Services appears as follows:

Financial year

Expenditure (£)

2001-02

2,360,000

2002-03

4,968,000

2003-04

5,248,987

2004-05

8,688,141

2005-06

10,465,205

The average number of temporary staff employed through Kelly Services rose from 395 in 2004-05 to 722 in 2005-06, due in part to the creation of HM Court Service and the incorporation of magistrates courts. The average number of staff employed through this contract to date in 2006-07 is around 600.

Information relating to workers employed through other employment agencies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.