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Departments: Early Retirement

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement. (148817)

The information in respect of the number, grade and percentage of staff who took early retirement is provided in the following tables:

Table 1: Early retirement 2002-03 to 2006-07

Headcount

2002-03

700

2003-041

1,200

2004-05

790

2005-06

1,100

2006-07

1,100

1 The streamlining of Head Office prior to the reoccupation of main building in London led to 540 personnel taking early retirement on compulsory early retirement on structural grounds. Note: This table excludes Royal Fleet auxiliary and locally engaged civilian staff for whom no information on civilian early retirements is available.

Table 2: Early retirement 2002-03 to 2006-07 by grade

Grade

2002-03

2003-041

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Band B Level 1

10

50

10

20

30

Band B Level 2

20

120

20

50

60

Band C Level 1

50

120

80

160

110

Band C Level 2

80

180

140

230

160

Band D

90

220

100

230

170

Band E Level 1

160

160

140

110

140

Band E Level 2

50

60

40

50

40

Other Non Industrial

20

20

10

20

20

Industrial

160

150

130

90

200

Trading Fund Personnel

70

120

110

160

180

Total

700

1,200

790

1,100

1,100

1 The streamlining of Head Office prior to the reoccupation of main building in London led to 540 personnel taking early retirement on compulsory early retirement on structural grounds. Note: This table excludes Royal Fleet auxiliary and locally engaged civilian staff for whom no information on civilian early retirements is available.

Table 3: Percentage of each grade that took early retirement 2002-03 to 2006-071

Grade

2002-03

2003-042

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Band B Level 1

1.9

9.2

1.7

2.2

4.6

Band B Level 2

1.2

6.2

1.1

2.4

2.7

Band C Level 1

1.1

2.4

1.5

2.8

1.8

Band C Level 2

0.7

1.6

1.2

1.9

1.4

Band D

0.6

1.6

0.7

1.6

1.3

Band E Level 1

0.8

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.7

Band E Level 2

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.5

Other Non Industrial

3.5

1.4

3.0

4.8

3.0

Industrial

0.9

1.0

0.8

0.6

1.4

Trading Fund Personnel

0.6

1.0

1.0

1.4

1.7

1 Percentage is based solely on early retirement data by grade compared against a 13-month average strength profile by grade for each financial year. Notes: 1 The streamlining of Head Office prior to the reoccupation of main building in London led to 540 personnel taking early retirement on compulsory early retirement on structural grounds. 2 This table excludes Royal Fleet auxiliary and locally engaged civilian staff for whom no information on civilian early retirements is available.

The information requested about costs is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.