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Civil Servants: North East Region

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of civil service jobs in the north-east were at each grade in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (174693)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 January 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what proportion of Civil Service jobs in the North East are at each grade. (174693)

Statistics on Civil Service employment, including regional statistics, are published in Civil Service Statistics, an on-line article available from the National Statistics website.

The latest period for which the statistics are available is the year to September 2006.

Statistics on responsibility level by region are not published. In order to provide this information, an ad hoc analysis has been required. This analysis is based on the Mandate survey which currently provides approximately 90 per cent coverage of Civil Service departments and agencies.

Civil service—employees in the north-east by responsibility level, 30 September 2006

Full-time equivalents

Responsibility level


Senior civil service


Grades 6/7


Senior executive officer/higher executive officer


Executive Officer


Administrative officer/administrative assistant


Not known




Please note that since 1 April 1996 all departments and agencies have had delegated responsibility for the pay and grading of their employees, except for those in the Senior Civil Service (SCS).

Departments and agencies have developed their own pay and grading systems, and it has become less appropriate to present statistics in terms of the previous Service-wide grades.

The distinction between non-industrial and industrial grades has also become less meaningful as departments and agencies have introduced their own grades.

Instead, the concept of broad ‘responsibility levels’ is used, in which departmental grades have been assigned to levels broadly equivalent (in terms of pay and job weight) to the former Service-wide grades and in recent years it has become necessary to amalgamate some of these broad levels further.

Employees on temporary promotion are reported at the higher level rather than at their substantive grade.