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Departmental Manpower

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed service personnel and (b) administrative staff were employed by his Department in each year since 1997. (291314)

The number of Armed Forces and Civilian personnel employed in each year since 1997 is provided in the table.

This information can also be found in the UK Defence Statistics table 2.1, "Recent trends in Service and civilian personnel strengths at 1 April each year", at the following DASA website

http://www.dasa.mod.uk.

Thousand: FTE

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001*

2002*

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007*

2008*

2009

Service personnel1

215.1

214.3

213.2

212.7

211.2

210.8

213.5

213.3

206.9

201.4

2196.1

2193.1

2194.7

UK Regulars

210.8

210.1

208.6

207.6

205.7

204.7

206.9

207.0

201.1

195.9

2190.4

2187.1

2188.4

FTRS

0.1

0.6

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.5

2.2

1.7

1.5

1.6

21.8

22.1

Gurkhas3

4.3

3.6

3.6

3.7

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.7

3.7

3.7

23.7

23.9

23.9

Locally entered/ engaged3

4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

Civilian Level 05,6

133.3

126.3

123.0

121.3

*118.2

110.1

107.6

109.0

108.5

103.4

97.7

89.5

86.6

Civilian Level l7

101.9

97.1

94.1

91.9

86.0

83.6

81.5

82.2

82.0

78.1

73.8

69.0

66.4

Trading Funds6

15.5

14.0

14.0

14.5

18.8

12.4

12.2

11.4

10.8

10.7

10.1

9.2

9.6

Locally Engaged Civilians

15.9

15.2

14.9

14.8

13.3

14.1

13.8

15.4

15.7

14.5

13.8

11.2

10.5

* Denotes discontinuity in time series.

1 Data for the Home Service of the Royal Irish Regiment is excluded from this table. The Home Service of the Royal Irish Regiment was officially disbanded on 31 March 2008.

2 Denotes provisional - Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, Service strength statistics for 1 April 2007 onwards are provisional and subject to review.

3 Gurkhas are included in the locally entered service personnel figures until 1997 after which they are shown separately.

4 Denotes brace.

5 Civilian Level 0 - This contains all those at Level 1 plus Trading Funds and Locally Engaged Civilians.

6 The following changes have affected the continuity of the civilian data: In Financial Year 2001-02 the QinetiQ portion of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (8,000) was established as a private company. At 1 April 2008 the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and the Army Based Repair Organisation merged to form the Defence Support Group and around 1,000 personnel transferred to the Vector Aerospace Corporation.

7 Civilian Level 1 - Permanent and casual civilian personnel and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, but excludes Trading Funds and Locally Engaged Civilians

Notes:

1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Totals and subtotals have been rounded separately and so may not equal the sum of their rounded parts.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)