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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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. (254470)

The number of new recruits1 that joined the Department for the financial years requested are listed in the following table.

Year joined

Status type

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Permanent2

72

52

70

73

Temporary3

48

29

41

66

Total

120

81

111

139

1 New recruits represent staff that have joined BERR or its predecessor DTI and excludes our executive agencies.

2 Permanent new recruits are staff employed by the Department on a permanent civil service contract.

3 Temporary new recruits are staff that have been recruited on a short term or fixed term civil service contract.

With respect to estimates for the years 2009-10 and 2010-11, we cannot give forecasts of future staff recruitment as this is dependant on the needs of the business which at present is fluid.

Agency staff are new recruits that have joined the Department but are not on a civil service contract and are employed by a third party. The arrangements for employing agency staff in the Department are delegated locally to line management units. To provide such information could be done only at disproportionate cost.