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Prison Service: Resignations

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers have resigned from the Prison Service within (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years of starting their employment in each of the last five years. (150134)

Information on the number of prison officers who resigned from the Prison Service within six months, one year and two years of joining is contained in the table.

Prison officers1 who resigned within two years by length of service

Number of officers resigning

Period2

Within first 6 months

Between 6 months and 1 year

Between 1 and 2 years

Total

2006-07

60

67

70

197

2005-06

64

73

81

218

2004-05

85

52

100

237

2003-04

80

60

70

210

6 July 2002 to March 20033

41

30

25

96

1 Information relating to contracted prisons is not held centrally and would require the interrogation of various reporting systems which would incur disproportionate cost. Therefore figures relate to public sector Prison Service only.

2 Archiving of data has meant that information on the start date of officers who left prior to July 2002 is not available.

3 The period refers to when staff left the Service rather than joined.