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Departments: Employment Agencies

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Department paid in fees to recruitment agencies for (a) temporary and (b) permanent staff in each year since 1997. (151682)

The Department for Education and Skills was established in June 2001. The sums paid by the then Department for Education and Skills to recruitment agencies for temporary staff are shown as follows. These figures include the fees paid to the agency and the wages paid for those temporary staff. A breakdown of that information, and information prior to April 2002, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Financial year (April to March each year)

Agency spend (£)

2002-03

2,688,149

2003-04

1,621,233

2004-05

1,498,420

2005-06

2,315,552

2006-07

1,500,682

Sums have also been paid to recruitment consultants for executive search and selection services, mainly in recruiting at senior civil service level. For that information I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given earlier in PQ 140034. A breakdown of the information provided in that answer to distinguish between the costs incurred in recruiting people who were appointed on either indefinite, fixed term, secondment or loan contracts could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.