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Departmental Older Workers

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of (a) 55 and (b) 60 were recruited to his Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of all recruits this represented in each case. (234256)

Of the 58 people recruited to the Northern Ireland Office in the last 12 months, one (1.7 per cent.) has been aged between 55 and 60 years of age. None has been over the age of 60.

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.