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Jobcentre Plus: Labour Turnover

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were (a) recruited and (b) made redundant by Jobcentre Plus in each region in (i) January and (ii) February 2009. (264852)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many staff were recruited and made redundant by Jobcentre Plus in each region in January and February 2009. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

In response to recent economic events Jobcentre Plus is deploying extra resources:

Some 4,000 more staff than in our original Spending Review plans have been recruited Nov 2008-Feb 2009. All of this new resource will be applied to customer-facing services.

In line with the recent Pre-Budget Report, Jobcentre Plus will be in a position to deploy some 6,000 additional staff by end of 2009/10 than was originally planned.

The total number of people joining Jobcentre Plus and the number of people leaving Jobcentre Plus under Early Release arrangements in each region for January and February 2009 are in the attached tables. Within the period referred to, Jobcentre Plus did not make any member of staff compulsorily redundant.

Jobcentre Plus new recruits—full-time equivalents

Region

January 2009

February 2009

East Midlands

171

63

East of England

70

40

London

74

40

North East

36

23

North West

132

121

Scotland

109

111

South East

140

73

South West

104

37

Wales

134

66

West Midlands

65

56

Yorkshire and the Humber

90

63

Total

1,125

693

Note:

The data reflects the number of recruits accounted for in the Department’s extract from the payroll.

Jobcentre Plus leavers under early release arrangements—headcount

Region

January 2009

February 2009

East of England

0

1

North West

0

1

Scotland

3

3

South West

0

4

Wales

8

0

Yorkshire and the Humber

1

0

Total

12

9

Note:

No one was made compulsorily redundant and these leavers were as a result of office closures, mismatches in locations and staffing requirements and other unavoidable circumstances.