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Departmental Work Sharing

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage 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. (301337)

Communities and Local Government (CLG) has 236 members of staff who work part-time, this represents 10 per cent. of the total number of staff. Data on other forms of flexible working are collected for CLG, but the proportion of people who have provided data are too low to allow meaningful analysis.

Figures for the agencies and non-departmental public bodies are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

All posts in Communities and Local Government are open to flexible working arrangements, including job-share; unless there is a substantive business case to the contrary showing it would be impracticable and inefficient. All posts will be advertised on this basis, whether advertised internally or externally.