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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current percentage shortfalls are for each pinch point trade in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force. (148232)

A manning pinch point is defined as a trade or area of expertise where there is insufficient trained strength (officers or ratings/other ranks) to perform directed tasks. This might be as a result of adherence to single-service harmony guidelines, under-manning, and/or levels of commitment that exceed the resourced manpower ceiling for the trades or areas of expertise involved.

The percentage shortfall for each pinch point trade is as follows:

Army

Pinch point trade

Percentage shortfall

Ammunition Technician

19.41

Clerk of Works

16.28

Intelligence Operator

9.21

Vehicle Mechanic

7.85

Armourer

9.21

Recovery Mechanic

10.58

Mechanical Fitter

5.36

ITU Nurse

38.46

EM Nurse

45.28

Radiologist

80.00

Orthopaedic Surgeon

53.85

General Surgeon

50.00

UAV Operator Level 4

47.71

Anaesthetist

45.95

General Medical Practitioner

44.39

Radiographer

42.86

Registered General Nurse

36.04

ME Geographical

27.05

Explosives Ordnance Disposal

26.11

ODP

44.64

MEC3S

17.95

Postal and Courier Operator

9.36

Chef

7.15

Petroleum Operator

3.77

IS Engineer

3.44

Royal Navy

Pinch point trade

Percentage shortfall

Merlin aircrew (pilots)

32

Merlin aircrew (observers)

43

Merlin aircrew (aircrew)

30

Harrier GR7 Flying Instructors

85

Leading Seaman (Warfare)

42

Ableseaman (Divers)

3

Royal Marine (Marine)

9

Royal Marine (Corporal)

11

Royal Marine (Sergeant)

13

Leading Air Engineer Technician

35

Petty Officer (Mine Warfare)

33

Leading Aircraft Controllers

36

Ableseaman Warfare Specialist (Sensor Submarine)

32

Ableseaman Warfare Specialist (Tactical Submarine)

32

Strategic Weapon System Junior Rates (Engineering Technician)

30

Strategic Weapon System Junior Rates (Leading Engineering Technician)

25

Marine Engineer Submarine Nuclear Watchkeepers—CatA2

28

Marine Engineer Submarine Nuclear Watchkeepers—Cat B

19

Royal Air Force

Pinch point trade

Percentage shortfall

Operations Support (Intelligence)

2.5

Operations Support (Regiment)

12.3

Operations Support (Provost)

5.2

PMRAFNS (Nurses)

19.8

Weapons Systems (Air Loadmaster)

10.2

Gunner

13.0

Registered General Nurse (Other Ranks)

11.7

Medical

28.8

Musician

13.1

Pharmaceutical Health Technician

15

Radiographer

15.4

RAF Police

6.2

Registered Mental Nurse

21.3