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Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy of Jobcentre Plus on the employment of temporary staff (a) up to and (b) beyond 52 weeks is; and if he will make a statement. (245446)

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 what is the policy of Jobcentre Plus on the employment of temporary staff up to and beyond 52 weeks. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The Department for Work and Pensions policy, which applies in Jobcentre Plus, is that in normal circumstances we recruit temporary staff for up to 39 weeks. In very exceptional circumstances they can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

I hope this is helpful.