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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of staff of his Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or part-time; and what his Department's policy is on making jobs available on a job-share or flexible basis. (301324)

As at 1 November 2009 there were 163 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff working part time out of a total of 5,504, representing 3 per cent. These figures include FCO Services, which operates as a trading fund, and Wilton Park which is an agency. We do not hold central records of part-time workers in our non-departmental bodies.

We also have no central records of other types of flexible working, for example compressed hours and working from home, as these are agreed locally between staff and their line-managers. All jobs can be made available on a job-share or flexible basis, including overseas jobs, unless there is an overriding operational reason preventing it.