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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 744-45W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited through each company in each year; and for how long on average staff recruited through these companies worked for the Department in each year. (242158)

The Ministry of Justice was established on 9 May 2007. Information is only available for a proportion of the Ministry of Justice estate.

During the financial year 2007-08, 1,846 temporary staff were recruited utilising the Department’s contract with Kelly Services. The average period of employment was 1.7 months.

Data in respect of how many staff were recruited under the Home Office framework contract, through each company and the average period of employment can be provided only at disproportionate cost, as this data was not held centrally in the required period. This information can be determined internally only by examining each individual purchase order raised in the period. Undertaking this activity would incur disproportionate costs.