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Revenue and Customs: Manpower

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of staff identified as pre-surplus have been re-assigned to (a) other HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) posts and (b) other Civil Service posts outside HMRC. (134308)

A total of 688 pre-surplus staff has been recorded centrally as having been re-assigned. This can be broken down as follows:


Successful in job applications


Voluntary re-deployment within HMRC


Compulsory re-deployment within HMRC


Moved to other Government Departments (voluntary)


Pre-surplus is the term used by HMRC to denote those individuals whose post or work is no longer being carried out in a particular location, no longer being done by that office or where such changes are planned in the future. This status is also used for offices and parts of the Department where appropriate.

As part of the efficiency savings identified under the Gershon and Lyons reviews HMRC is committed to reducing 25,000 posts by 2011 and pre-surplus is one of the main ways in which we are working with staff to identify posts and re-deploy staff either within the Department, to other Government Departments or to work outside the Civil Service.

There is a great deal of support available to staff who are in this position, including support workshops, dedicated teams to secure future posts, early retirement packages where appropriate, IT solutions etc.