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Departments: Manpower

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by his Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors. (158328)

Information on the number of staff employed by the Department for Work and Pensions as at 31 March 2007 is published by the Office for National Statistics in table 6 of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment First Release at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/pse0607.pdf

This is the key official source of work force numbers for the civil service and provides a breakdown of permanent and temporary employees by Department.

For earlier years, the source is at table A of the Civil Service Statistics publication.

2006 (30 September)

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vink=2899&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=422

2005 (1 April)

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/2005/tablesandcharts/index.asp

2004 (1 April)

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/2004/tablesandcharts/index.asp

2003 (1 April)

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/2003/tablesandcharts/index.asp

For 2005 and 2006, the civil service statistics were not published with the permanent and temporary breakdown so the information is available in the following table.

PermanentTemporaryTotal

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

FTE

30 September 2006

121,430

109,110

3,690

3,520

125,120

112,630

1 April 2005

129,450

117,100

1,850

1,740

131,300

118,840

Statistics on the number of contractors employed by the Department are not published. The civil service statistics represent those employees paid directly from the Department’s payroll. Any contractors employed via agencies and so not paid directly by the Department are not included.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department are above state retirement age. (158938)

The number and percentage of employees above state pension age, of 65 for men and 60 for women, for Departments and Executive agencies is not available from published sources, but information collected from the last Annual Civil Service Employment Survey in September 2006 is in the following table.

Number of staff

Percentage of staff

Departmental Corporate Units

140

1.24

Child Support Agency

200

1.56

Disability and Carers Service

210

2.93

Jobcentre Plus

1,650

2.10

The Pension Service

240

1.63

The Rent Service

15

2.29

A total of 2,455 staff in DWP are above state pension age, of 65 for men and 60 for women (1.91 per cent.).

The information requested is not available for non-departmental public bodies.