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Departmental Pay

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for his Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months; and how many staff were receiving each rate in each of those months. (196449)

The Department employs three types of staff on a non-permanent basis:

Civil servants on ‘fixed term contracts’ of less than 12 months, as at the end of January 2008, 45 people were employed in the core Department using the same grading system that applies for permanent civil servants. The grades, numbers and annual salaries are as follows:

Grade

Salary range (£)

Number

Grade 7

£39,695 - £58,982

7

SEO

£29,298 - £43,844

5

HEO

£23,721 - £35,687

13

EO

£18,519 - £28,290

9

AO

£14,826 - £22,203

11

Agency staff, as at the end of January 2008, 166 people were employed in the core Department as agency staff. The average hourly rates paid to employment agencies for these staff and the numbers of people involved were as follows:

Average hourly rate

Number

£25.50

1

£24.50

1

£24.34

2

£22.50

2

£22.28

12

£21.62

1

£20.81

9

£20.26

1

£20.00

3

£19.22

14

£18.48

6

£17.37

1

£16.90

35

£16.83

20

£16.57

11

£15.79

2

£15.25

22

£14.63

17

£14.52

6

Contractors, as at the end of February 2008, 15 people were employed in the core Department as contractors. The average daily rates paid for these staff and the numbers of people were as follows:

Average daily rate

Number

Under £300

1

£300-£399

0

£400-£499

1

£500-£599

0

£600-£699

3

£700-£799

0

£800-£899

0

£900 plus

2

Unknown

8