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Departmental Pay

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for his Department were in each of the last 12 months; and how many staff were receiving each rate in each of those months. (196447)

Non-permanent members of staff at the Department for International Development (DFID) receive payment on either an annual salary basis or an hourly rate basis, depending on the terms of their contract.

Non-permanent, salaried staff are recruited to fill a wide range of managerial, advisory and administrative posts, and salaries vary significantly depending on the post held. The salary may also be subject to review during the period of their appointment. Details of the hourly rates of pay for all salaried non-permanent members of staff for each of the last 12 months could only be provided at disproportionate cost, following a detailed review of each individual's salary records.

DFID also appoints non-permanent staff through recruitment agencies to undertake both administrative and specialist roles, including IT and communications specialists. Administrative appointments are managed centrally, but individual departments within DFID have delegated authority to engage specialist staff. Records are not held centrally for this group.

Since April 2007 the majority of administrative appointments have been made through two agencies serving our two headquarters locations—one in London and one in East Kilbride. The average hourly rate paid for these agency staff over the past 12 months (from April 2007 to March 2008) is:

£

London

11.36

East Kilbride

9.27

Note:

Under the terms of the contract with the agency suppliers, DFID is unable to make public information that may be of value to a competitor. This specifically precludes us releasing details of the hourly rates paid for each grade of staff.

The number of staff appointed through these agencies in each of the last 12 months is detailed in the following table.

2007

Number

April

6

May

10

June

14

July

18

August

19

September

24

October

27

November

29

December

33

2008

January

38

February

47

March

53