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Departmental Older Workers

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new recruits. (228760)

The number of people who were recruited into BERR from its creation in June 2007 to 24 October 2008 is as follows:

Number of entrants aged over 55 = 122;

Number of entrants aged over 60 = 15.

These represent people recruited through external recruitment campaigns, other Government Department transfers, secondments, loans and machinery of Government changes.

The percentage represented by direct entrants through external recruitment campaigns is as follows:

Number of new recruits aged over 55 = 4 per cent. (five);

Number of new recruits aged over 60 = 6.6 per cent. (1).