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Departmental Pay

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of (a) salaries for permanent civil service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-civil service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department in each month since May 2005. (199966)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Permanent civil service posts

The total payments made to civil service permanent personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

2005-06 April to March is £2,302.33 million;

2006-07 April to March is £2,265.63 million;

2007-08 April to March is £2,221.01 million.

These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown year is as follows:

Permanent civil servant posts

Month

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

April

183,650,663

181,439,533

May

178,704,279

180,166,267

June

184,184,323

181,831,394

180,073,281

July

229,628,089

231,126,553

219,259,385

August

190,244,934

183,848,704

187,483,048

September

188,554,349

186,551,446

184,955,302

October

186,835,067

188,370,270

185,059,758

November

188,899,193

188,042,007

181,294,277

December

186,083,845

188,042,007

177,426,758

January

184,543,406

185,373,839

181,190,191

February

184,543,406

185,576,914

183,882,559

March

208,369,227

184,509,680

178,780,928

Total

1,931,885,839

2,265,627,756

2,221,011,287

(b) Permanent non-civil service posts

The Department employs 17 non-executive directors to provide an oversight to a number of business units including the Departmental Board. The total salaries paid for 2007-08 were £334,606.16.

(c) Payments to temporary or agency workers

The total payments made to agencies to provide interim personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

2005-06 April to March is £52.99 million;

2006-07 April to March is £61.98 million;

2007-08 April to March is £37.02 million.

The Department employ temporary staff “casuals” for short periods, they are recruited direct not by an agency.

These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown for temporary workers—non-agency staff—is as follows:

Month

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

April

1,498,908

951,052

May

1,296,724

876,862

June

1,623,087

1,572,925

927,159

July

2,195,072

2,480,285

1,402,637

August

2,620,664

3,137,604

1,798,865

September

2,589,109

2,614,197

1,537,918

October

2,734,967

2,093,475

1,399,916

November

2,968,417

1,974,241

1,591,649

December

3,171,526

2,099,779

1,609,386

January

3,320,723

2,201,425

1,597,096

February

3,201,721

3,217,885

1,895,901

March

2,833,316

2,673,278

1,634,024

Total

27,258,602

26,860,726

17,222,465

The monthly breakdown for temporary workers—agency staff—is as follows:

Month

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

April

288,429

2,030,908

May

6,175,451

3,494,735

June

3,498,063

2,968,338

3,035,100

July

6,295,453

1,975,004

3,681,014

August

2,149,253

6,843,648

2,559,968

September

2,628,591

3,769,897

3,507,816

October

5,918,081

2,837,485

2,878,247

November

2,839,595

3,564,802

3,753,694

December

444,857

3,675,319

3,093,747

January

2,633,343

8,618,533

3,327,606

February

2,949,923

4,153,205

4,506,148

March

13,258,606

(1,878,670)

3,960,853

Total

42,615,765

42,991,441

39,829,836

A monthly breakdown of information is not available for the period prior to April 2007 and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The following special points should be noted.

The total spend figures are the total paid to agencies for the supply of interim personnel (agency workers), this includes the fees paid directly to the interim personnel and also the fees paid to the agencies for their supply. The agency payments are normally based on a percentage mark-up and are variable depending on the agency and the category of personnel supplied. The average margin for all supply categories utilising the Department's primary supply vehicle the CIPHER framework agreement is 15 per cent.

The total spend figures have been obtained from a number of sources including the Department's Financial and Resource Management systems and it should be noted that the figures are based on current account codes and category descriptors and may be include some miscellaneous non-interim personnel expenditure because of the difficulty in categorising. The figures for 2007-08 have only recently been extracted and are subject to further validation.