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Departmental Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the average length of employment of staff in the Department at each Civil Service payband. (290599)

HM Treasury’s staffing and recruitment practices make provision for permanent employees to manage their careers in an active manner, as well as opportunities for people across the labour market, from both the public and private sectors, to work in the Department on short-term loans and secondments as part of their wider careers. The following table, which sets out the average number of years spent at each payband, is based on the median average number of years employed in the Treasury. It reflects the balance the Department strikes between developing staff, promotion on merit, and developing a balanced and flexible workforce with a variety of skills to meet the Department's objectives.

HM Treasury pay range

Civil service payband

Average number of years1

Range B



Range C



Range D



Range E

Grade 7/Grade 6


Senior Civil Service

Senior Civil Service


1 Median average number of years employed at HM Treasury, as at September 2009.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff there were in his Department (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available. (292072)

The information requested is set out in the Treasury’s annual reports for the years concerned. Those are in the Library and can be accessed via: