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Departmental Manpower

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there were in each Pension Service office in each of the last five years. (279288)

The information available detailing the numbers of staff deployed overall in the former Pension Service at the end of each of the last five financial years is in the table.

As at March each year

20051

20061

2007

2008

2009

Band A/AA

1,577

1,169

1,014

830

791

Band B/AO

8,816

7,425

6,765

5,790

5,557

Band C/EO

4,650

4,070

3,750

3,090

2,776

Band D/HEO

923

780

683

568

425

Band E/SEO

271

237

309

288

245

Band F/UG7

108

97

106

98

88

Band G/UG6

52

46

53

73

49

SCS

23

21

22

24

18

Total

216,419

213,846

212,701

210,762

9,949

1 March 2005 and 2006 inc. Pensions Client Group.

2 Difference of one due to roundings.

Notes:

1. Bands A/AA through to Band B/AO—administration staff of which 6,268 (99 per cent.) are deployed on benefit delivery with just 80 (1 per cent.) deployed in Central Services (Administration).

2. Band C/EO through to Band D/HEO—junior management of which 2,639 (82 per cent.) are deployed on benefit delivery and 562 (18 per cent.) deployed in Central Services (Executive Support).

3. Band E/SEO through to Band G/G6—middle management of which 171 (45 per cent.) are deployed on benefit deliver and 211 (55 per cent.) deployed in Central Services (Specialist and Delivery Managers).

4. SCS—all Directors and senior management of which four (22 per cent.) are deployed on benefit delivery and 14 (78 per cent.) in Central Services (Directors).

Source:

DWP Corporate Workforce Planning and DWP Data view as at 31 March 2009

Background information

Grading and staffing numbers in Pension Service offices over the last five years have fluctuated according to business needs. Historic data are not available to the level of detail asked for, but the summary table shows the numbers employed in each grade at the end of the last five financial years. Additionally, the number of, and location of, Pension Service offices has also changed.

In April 2008 the merger of the Pension Service and Disability and Carer Service took place and Pension, Disability and Carers Service was formed. There are currently 9,949 staff exclusively deployed on former Pension Service business.