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Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) fixed-term and (b) casual temporary staff Jobcentre Plus employs. (245451)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many (a) fixed term temporary staff and (b) casual temporary staff Jobcentre Plus employs. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

As at November 2008 Jobcentre Plus employed 1443 full time equivalent fixed term staff and 1336 full time equivalent casual temporary staff. The Office of National Statistics criteria define those staff on a fixed term contract of less than 12 months as temporary and those on a contract over 12 months as permanent. Therefore, of the 1443 fixed term appointments, 1108 are defined as temporary and 335 as permanent.