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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on average how many hours a week were worked by such people in each year; what types of work each was involved in; what proportion were in full-time education; what proportion did not complete their set period of work experience; and how much those who received remuneration were paid on average per week in each year. (242123)

The number of paid work experience and internship placements offered in each of the last three years is as follows:

Number of placements

Average weekly remuneration (£)

2006-07

37

313

2007-08

27

322

2008-09

34

335

Placement students work on average 36 hours per week and are all involved in work related to economics. It is not possible to state how many were in full-time education or how many did not complete their period of work experience.

Information on unpaid work experience is not recorded centrally and cannot therefore be provided.