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Departmental Pay

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay. (248411)

It is the policy of DEFRA and its Executive agencies that both temporary and permanent employees appointed to the same grade are paid within the same pay range. Temporary employees are defined as those employed directly by the department or its agencies and does not include individuals sub-contracted through a third party.

Differences in hourly pay rates between temporary and permanent employees can occur within the same pay range due to a number of business reasons. Permanent members of staff have more opportunity to progress higher up the pay range due to the likelihood of their being in post for longer and receiving more annual pay awards.

Differences can also occur in hourly pay rates when employees, within the same grade and pay range, are appointed on pay rates above the minimum of the pay range due to the skills and experience that they bring to the position.