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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new recruits his Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09, how many of these were taken on as (i) permanent, (ii) temporary and (iii) agency staff; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11. (254463)

The Department was created on 28 June 2007. 34 new recruits joined the Department up to 31 March 2008 and to date, 51 have joined since 1 April 2008. A breakdown of permanent and temporary staff could be produced only at disproportionate cost. The Department does not hold central records of recruitment campaigns as the majority of vacancies are managed locally by individual vacancy managers. A joint campaign was run on behalf of the DIUS and the Department for Children, Schools and Families for the Private Office in May 2008 which resulted in 16 executive officers being recruited on a permanent basis into the Department.

The number of agency staff engaged by the Department since its creation is shown in the following table. January 2009 figures are not available yet.

Financial year

Agency staff

July 2007 to March 2008

22

April 2008 to December 2008

19

We have no reason to suppose that figures for permanent or agency staff will vary significantly in 2009-10 and 2010-11 but we will continue to review.