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Departmental Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department there were in each month since May 2005. (199534)

The information is as follows:

Part A

The Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007, bringing together the Department for Constitutional Affairs, Her Majesty’s Court Service and Associated Offices, the National Offender Management Service, the Prison and Probation Services, and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

As this is a round robin question tabled to all Departments, prior to this Machinery of Government change on 9 May 2007 the National Offender Management Service, the Prison and Probation Services, and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform are included as part of the response from the Home Office.

Part B

From May 2005 up to 9 May 2007 a response for the Former DCA part of the MoJ only is included. This includes Her Majesty's Court Service, Public Guardianship Office, Tribunals Service and Associated Offices.

Therefore figures for this response are provided in two parts.

Part A - MoJ 9 May 2007

(a) Permanent Civil Service Posts & b) Permanent Non-Civil Service Posts (how many there were in each month since May 2005)

Information on the number of posts for the whole of the MoJ is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. The only Department that holds this information is the Public Sector Prison Service. This is recorded quarterly and is included in the following table. All these posts relate to Civil Servants. Decisions as to whether the identified posts are filled by permanent or temporary staff are made locally and not recorded centrally.

Public Sector Prison Service

Date

Planned posts permanent/non-permanent split not defined (FTE)

30 June 2007

50,889

30 September 2007

50,669

31 December 2007

51,024

31 March 2008

Info not yet collated

Figures for Permanent Civil Service Posts (Staff in Post - FTE) are available from the Former DCA, NOMS and OCJR. Figures on permanent non-civil staff are not held centrally by these departments and can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Permanent civil service staff in post

FTE

NOMS and OCJR staffing figures (May 2007- March 2008)

MOJ staffing figures (Former DCA)

May 2007

1,684

24,339

June 2007

1,672

24,418

July 2007

1,660

24,237

August 2007

1,656

24,144

September 2007

1,669

24,068

October 2007

1,685

24,075

November 2007

1,727

24,004

December 2007

1,733

23,939

January 2008

1,725

23,906

February 2008

1,747

23,908

March 2008

1,750

23,781

(c) Temporary or Agency workers in employment in his Department (how many there were in each month since May 2005)

For the MoJ, the Former DCA and Public Sector Prison Service can provide information only on Casual and Fixed Term appointment staff. No records of Agency or Contract staff are held centrally. NOMS and OCJR are able to provide information on both temporary and Agency Staff. These figures are in the following table:

FTE

Month/Year

MoJ (Former DCA) (Casual and fixed-term appointment)

NOMS and OCJR (Temporary and agency workers)

Public Sector Prisons Service (Casual and fixed-term appointment)

May 2007

743

180

1,703

June 2007

807

183

1,722

July 2007

985

194

1,763

August 2007

1,016

212

1,767

September 2007

988

219

1,704

October 2007

939

228

1,736

November 2007

937

232

1,773

December 2007

971

229

1,826

January 2008

972

305

1,795

February 2008

981

301

1,764

March 2008

844

303

1,715

Part B—Former DCA up to 9 May 2007

(a) Permanent Civil Service Posts and (b) Permanent Non-Civil Service Posts (how many there were in each month since May 2005)

This information on posts is not held centrally and could be obtained only as at a disproportionate cost.

(c) Temporary or Agency workers in employment in his Department (how many there were in each month since May 2005)

The breakdown of permanent and temporary/casual staff in post has been published as part of the Office for National Statistics Quarterly Public Sector Employment statistics. This is the key official source of workforce numbers for the Civil Service and provides a breakdown of permanent and temporary/casual employees by Department. Statistics on the number of contractors employed by Departments 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. Temporary Staff in Post figures are included in the following table.

The Former Department of Constitutional Affairs within the Ministry Of Justice (including Her Majesty's Court Service, Public Guardianship Office, Tribunals Service and Associated Offices) have a national contract with Kelly Services Ltd. for the provision of agency staff. Information relating to workers employed through employment agencies for the Ministry of Justice and its Agencies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Quarter/Year

MoJ (Former DCA) (Casual and fixed-term appointment) (FTE)

June 2005

710

September 2005

699

December 2005

633

March 2006

667

June 2006

624

September 2006

731

December 2006

714

March 2007

710

April 2007

712