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Air Force: Manpower

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required strength, (b) actual strength and (c) percentage shortfall in each trade of the Royal Air Force is. (266932)

The following table shows the liability, strength and shortfall or surplus in real numbers and percentage figures, for RAF trades as at 1 January 2009.

Shortfall/Surplus

Trades

Liability

Strength

Number

Percentage

Weapon Systems Operator (Crewman)

580

500

-80

-14

Weapon Systems Operator (Electronic Warfare/Acoustic)

440

440

0

0

Weapon Systems Operator (Linguist)

60

50

-10

-17

Weapon Systems Operator (Air Engineer)

170

150

-20

-12

Aircraft Engineering Technician

420

430

10

+2

Aircraft Technician (Avionics)

3,760

3,570

-190

-5

Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

4,740

4,600

-140

-3

Engineering Technician Weapons

1,640

1,520

-120

-7

Information and Communication Technology Manager

300

310

10

+3

Information and Communication Technology Technician

2,490

2,440

-50

-2

Information and Communication Technology Aerial Erector

110

120

10

+9

General Engineering Technician

80

80

0

0

General Technician Electrical

530

480

-50

-9

General Technician Mechanical

920

800

-120

-13

General Technician Workshops

140

130

-10

-7

Logistics Mechanical Transport Driver

1,110

1,060

-50

-5

Royal Air Force Police

1,280

1,290

10

+1

Gunner

1,930

1,750

-180

-9

Fire Fighter

540

540

0

0

Air Traffic Control/Air Traffic Control Assistant/

1,250

1,240

-10

-1

Flight Operations Manager/Flight Operations Assistant

Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor

510

500

-10

-2

Intelligence Analyst

680

580

-100

-15

Intelligence Analyst (Voice)

190

170

-20

-11

Aerospace Systems (Operator/Manager)/Senior Non Commissioned Officer Weapons Controller

670

690

20

+3

Survival Equipment Fitter

610

550

-60

-10

Photographer

180

170

-10

-6

Air Cartographer

80

70

-10

-13

Pharmacy Technician

20

20

0

0

Environmental Health Technician

50

40

-10

-20

Operating Department Practitioner

30

30

0

0

Radiographer

10

10

0

0

Biomedical Scientist

20

10

-10

-50

Registered Nurse (Adult)

300

300

0

0

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

30

30

0

0

Dental Technician

10

10

0

0

Dental Hygienist

20

20

0

0

Dental Nurse

130

130

0

0

RAF Medic

600

600

0

0

Personnel (Support)

1,460

1,360

-100

-7

Logistics (Supplier)

1,850

1,800

-50

-3

Logistics (Mover)

900

850

-50

-6

Logistics (Catering Manager)

70

60

-10

-14

Logistics (Chef)

640

670

30

+5

Logistics (Caterer)

400

380

-20

-5

Musician

180

150

-30

-17

Notes: 1. Trade data have been rounded up to the nearest 10 in accordance with DASA policy and the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. 2. All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.