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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. (200667)

The number of unfilled permanent posts being filled temporarily is not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. However, information on contractors, consultants and Agency staff excluding Public Sector Prison Service covering full-time and part-time vacancies or other posts engaged for more than six-months is reflected in the table as follows.

Ministry of Justice (excluding Public Sector Prison Service)—Contractors and Agency staff in posts in excess of six months over the past 3 financial years

Headcount

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Ministry of Justice’ Headquarters (former Department for Constitutional Affairs)

Contractor

1

0

7

Agency staff member

1

1

2

Ministry of Justice’ Agencies National Offender Management Service

Contractor

26

0

5

Agency staff member

17

13

17

Ministry of Justice’ Agencies Office of Criminal Justice Reform

Contractor

44

2

4

Agency staff member

2

3

0

Ministry of Justice total (excluding Public Sector Prison Service)

91

19

35

Notes:

1. The information held does not reflect these contractors, consultants and Agency staff filling permanent, vacant posts on a temporary basis.

2. The information reflects contractors, consultants and Agency staff excluding Public Sector Prison Service covering full-time and part-time vacancies or other posts engaged for more than six-months.