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Departments: Early Retirement

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of staff in her Department took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost. (148739)

The numbers of staff taking early retirement from the Department for Communities and Local Government, and its main predecessor the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are set out, analysed by grade, and at what cost, in the following table. This does not include departmental agencies or non-departmental public bodies.

The cost of the earlier years exits, less than 15 per cent. of the 492 exits’ total, and analysis by grade of 13 of the earliest staff exits, is not shown as it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Department for Communities and Local Government (including Government offices)

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Five years

All grades

6

17

40

117

312

492

Comprising:

Senior Civil Service—Director General

1

0

1

2

Senior Civil Service—Director

4

1

1

3

9

Senior Civil Service—Divisional Manager

1

2

6

8

4

21

Senior Civil Service—Band Unknown

Deputy Divisional Manager

1

1

2

8

12

Principal

6

8

16

32

62

Fire Inspector

3

3

Senior Research Officer

1

1

Senior Professional Technical Officer

2

2

Senior Executive Officer

1

6

16

31

54

Higher Professional Technical Officer

1

1

Higher Executive Officer

1

4

26

75

106

Professional Technical Officer

3

3

Mapping and Charting Officer

2

2

Executive Officer

2

6

23

63

94

Personal Secretary

6

6

Administrative Officer

4

19

49

72

Administrative Assistant

6

9

15

Emergency Industrial Grade 4

2

2

Emergency Industrial Grade 3

8

8

Emergency Industrial Grade 1

12

12

Grade unknown

5

5

Proportion of central Department and Government office staff at start of year (percentage)

1

3

9

Cost (£ million)

Total first year payments

1

1

1

4.6

26.7

Forecast total future years’ payments

1

1

1

2.4

15.5

1 Obtaining information for earlier years would entail disproportionate cost.