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Departmental Manpower

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between six and 12 months and (iv) 12 months or more there are in each directorate of his Department. (264245)

Information on contract lengths, in the detail asked for in the question, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information which is available, showing the position as at 28 February is shown in the following tables.

Table 1

Employees contract type and length

Permanentopen ended contract

Fixed term appointments >12 months

Fixed term appointments <12 months

Temporary appointment 39 weeks

DWP total

Jobcentre Plus

73,397

442

1,146

1,251

76,236

Pensions, Disability and Carers

16,525

123

116

88

16,852

Shared Services

4,336

48

140

61

4,585

Corporate Information Technology

1,994

2

1

1,997

Communications

482

2

2

486

Change Management

267

1

268

Directgov

54

54

Finance

1,654

2

4

1,660

Human Resources

558

3

561

Independent Review Service

81

17

7

105

Legal Group

479

3

482

Private Office

65

1

66

Work and Welfare Equality Group

1,117

6

1

4

1,128

Strategy, Information and Pensions

870

2

5

19

896

Grand total

101,879

643

1,423

1,431

105,376

Note:

Temporary appointments are only used in defined circumstances, e.g. a short term peak in work which will cease after a specific period or a short-term time bound piece of work that will take less than 39 weeks.

Table 2

Agency contract length

Up to 3 months

Between 3 and 6 months

Between 6 and 12 months

12 months or more

DWP total

Jobcentre Plus

5

3

5

13

26

Pensions, Disability and Carers

5

3

12

4

24

Shared Services

11

12

17

1

41

Corporate Information Technology

20

63

14

10

107

Communications

4

17

14

3

38

Change Management

6

2

10

0

18

Directgov

0

0

0

0

0

Finance

6

14

13

11

44

Human Resources

1

0

0

0

1

Independent Review Service

0

0

0

0

0

Legal Group

37

7

4

5

53

Private Office

0

0

0

0

0

Work and Welfare Equality Group

5

8

13

7

33

Strategy, Information and Pensions

0

4

8

4

16

Grand total

100

133

110

58

401

Note:

Agency staff are administrative grade staff and professional specialist interim personnel, engaged through private sector suppliers, on short-term, temporary contracts.