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Jobcentre Plus: Birmingham

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency staff have been employed in (i) benefit delivery centres and (ii) customer-facing jobcentres operated by Jobcentre Plus in Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath constituency in each year since 2004. (291439)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is the responsibility of the Acting Chief Executive, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many a) permanent b) temporary and c) agency staff have been employed in i) Benefit Delivery Centres and ii) customer-facing Jobcentres operated by Jobcentre Plus in Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath constituency in each year since 2004. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Information below national level for the period prior to 2006/07 is not available. The table below sets out data for each of the years 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09, broken down by permanent, fixed-term appointment and temporary staff. We do not employ agency staff. In addition, in the period since March, Sparkhill Jobcentre has seen further staffing increases in line with the increases across Jobcentre Plus more generally to deal with rising unemployment levels.

Staff employed by the Benefit Delivery Centre and Jobcentre Plus in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency

Ravenhurst Benefit Delivery Centre

Sparkhill Jobcentre Plus

2006/07

Permanent

234

69

Fixed Term Appointment

14

5

Temporary

Total

248

74

2007/08

Permanent

271

79

Fixed Term Appointment

10

7

Temporary

3

Total

281

89

2008/09

Permanent

288

100

Fixed Term Appointment

13

3

Temporary

Total

301

103

Notes:

1. Headcount figures are quoted in full time equivalents using the Office for National Statistics definitions for counting headcount and details the position at March for each of the last three years.

2. The figures have been rounded to whole numbers.

Source:

The data provided is taken from Dataview, an electronic extract drawn from payroll.