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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new recruits his Department employed 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. (254424)

The following table shows the total number of individuals recruited in each of the categories for the years 2005-06 to 2007-08 and until December 2008 for the year 2008-09. The figures cover the core Department and its Agencies.

Staff category

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

12008-09

Permanent

4,694

4,618

3,814

3,428

Temporary

6,027

4,613

2,579

3,732

Agency

437

344

667

923

Total

11,158

9,575

7,060

8,083

1 At December 2008.

Notes:

For 2005-06 and 2006-07 temporary staff includes all fixed term appointments and staff on short term contracts.

For 2007-08 and 2008-09 temporary staff includes fixed term appointments whose contract is for a period of less than 12 months and all staff on short term contracts.

Estimates of future recruitment are currently only available for 2009-10 when the forecast is for around 12,000 recruits. This figure is subject to change as workforce plans are further developed. It is not possible to break this figure down into categories.