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Departmental Pay

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost 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 was in each month since May 2005. (199538)

The Department employs permanent and temporary civil servants, and temporary non-civil servants. Temporary staff are employed for a variety of reasons, including to cover short-term vacancies, such as the need for administrative support; to fill posts temporarily because they are likely to be relocated or because structural changes are being implemented; and to provide skills that the Department does not have but needs urgently and/or on a short-term basis.

Salaries for permanent and temporary civil servants for each month since May 2005 are shown in the following table:

£000

2005

May

9,262

June

9,434

July

10,462

August

9,716

September

9,898

October

9,801

November

10,966

December

11,299

2006

January

8,678

February

10,351

March

10,488

April

8,524

May

8,494

June

8,413

July

9,843

August

8,734

September

8,647

October

8,387

November

8,444

December

9,733

2007

January

8,793

February

8,488

March

8,833

April

8,578

May

8,512

June

8,431

July

8,696

August

8,667

September

8,426

October

8,499

November

10,225

December

8,670

2008

January

8,784

February

8,581

March

8,623

Note: The information represents actual payments each month and includes basic pay, allowances, overtime and bonuses for all staff on the payroll. It includes people on secondment to other organisations but not those on secondment to the Department. It does not include employer's costs for national insurance and pensions. Amounts for permanent and temporary civil servants cannot be identified separately. Figures can on occasions vary significantly from month to month, often because of the timing of the implementation of pay awards and the payment of arrears.

The Department does not employ permanent non-civil servants.

For temporary and agency workers, financial year figures since April 2005 are as follows:

£000

2005-06

6,000

2006-07

7,126

2007-08

9,742

Note: The 2006-07 figure is based on a scaling up of expenditure in the first 11 months of the year. The 2007-08 figure is based on a detailed analysis of expenditure in March 2008 and assumes the same level of monthly expenditure was incurred throughout the year.