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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time posts in his Department were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in each of the last three years. (200670)

Information on the number of full-time posts filled on a temporary basis, for a period in excess of six months, by the Department for Work and Pensions for each of the last three years ending 31 March is set out in the following table.

Year end

Temporary staff (full-time equivalent)

31 March 2006

1,532

31 March 2007

561

31 March 2008

477

For years ending 31 March 2006 and 2007, the figures include all temporary staff. For the year ending 31 March 2008, members of staff with a fixed term contract in excess of 12 months have been excluded in line with revised Office of National Statistics (ONS) definitions.