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Regional Offender Managers: Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were employed in each Director of Offender Management office on the latest date for which figures are available; and whether he plans to recruit further staff to each office. (290322)

The core regional structure has been developed to deliver offender management at regional level. The DOM structure has been designed to deliver the objectives of the organisation by placing resources at the front line to best meet community needs while ensuring the delivery of national standards and specifications.

The template is scaleable to match the size of each of the regions but the main structure is identical across the nine regions and Wales. A number of other posts may work under the DOM but are not shown in the regional structure as these receive funding from elsewhere.

The new regional offices opened as part of an organisational restructure in April 2009. We have been recruiting existing staff into the new posts via a job matching process; ring-fenced competition; and internal competition. An external recruitment process has been undertaken for a small number of specialist posts where no suitable internal candidates were found. Surpluses arising from the exercise are being managed robustly via the redeployment strategy. The overall staffing figure in the pre-existing Area and ROM offices prior to restructure was 576. On completion of the restructure, staffing in regional offices will be reduced by a total of 180 at an eventual saving of approximately £10 million.

The current position is shown in the following table.

Region

Core regional structure (current state)

Core regional structure (authorised establishment figure)

East Midlands

22

39

East of England

19

39

London

22

37

North East

25

32

North West

25

44

South East

31

59

South West

17

39

Wales

16

29

West Midlands

28

39

Yorkshire and Humberside

29

39

Total

233

396

There are no plans to recruit any further staff into each office once all the posts are filled.