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Departmental Older Workers

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits. (228748)

None of those people recruited to the Northern Ireland Office in 2007-08 has been over 55 years of age.

Until recently, age requirements for appointment to the civil service were that appointees should have reached the age of 16 on or before 1 July prior to the date of appointment, and be less than 65 years of age at the date of appointment. This policy has recently been reviewed and, with effect from 1 September 2008, there is no longer an upper age limit for appointees.