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Departmental Overtime

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hours of overtime were worked by staff in each pay grade in his Department in each of the last 12 months. (221246)

The following table shows the total number of hours overtime worked in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade. The data cover staff in core-DEFRA and those agencies covered by core-DEFRA pay arrangements (i.e. Animal Health, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Government Decontamination Service and Pesticides Safety Directorate (who merged with the Health and Safety Executive on 1 April 2008).

AA

AO

EO

HEO

FS

SEO

VO

G7

G6

2007

September

3,340

6,676

12,019

6,701

185

1,609

6,304

1,430

1,377

October

3,254

6,104

10,502

6,096

167

1,536

6,072

1,315

2,184

November

2,923

5,306

15,175

6,658

35

689

7,339

1,167

1,349

December

1,619

3,656

9,464

4,296

307

1,377

3,935

1,652

809

2008

January

2,063

2,052

2,409

2,115

90

1,262

787

569

1,109

February

1,432

1,937

3,184

2,375

115

739

1,107

596

249

March

919

1,546

2,734

936

169

524

576

221

168

April

655

1,989

2,848

1,758

75

819

799

792

418

May

420

1,220

2,305

1,672

116

550

434

829

131

June

436

1,307

2,072

1,584

38

300

672

386

186

July

599

2,318

4,278

2,591

97

1,256

1,515

797

382

August

594

1,065

2,319

1,439

71

616

719

1,599

222

Grade equivalent:

AA: Administration Assistant

AO: Administration Officer

EO: Executive Officer

HEO: Higher Executive Officer

FS: Fast Stream

SEO: Senior Executive Officer

VO: Veterinary Officer

G7: Grade 7

G6: Grade 6

The higher levels of hours overtime worked apparent in the period of September 2007 to December 2007 correspond to pressures on the Department in relation to foot and mouth disease and avian influenza. This is especially pronounced in veterinary grades and those grades that would provide administrative and policy support in these areas.