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Rural Payments Agency: Manpower

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time, (c) permanent and (d) temporary staff have been employed at the Rural Payments Agency in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. (304015)

Table 1 details the number of permanent and temporary staff employed at the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in each year since 2005.

Table 1

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Permanent1

2,555

2,666

2,344

2,829

Temporary2

1,949

1,801

1,953

871

1 Includes only civil servants with permanent employment contracts.

2 Includes all staff who do not have permanent employment contracts, for example fixed-term and casual civil servants, employment agency workers and contractors.

Table 2 shows how many full-time and part-time civil servants were employed at RPA in each year since 2005. RPA has not historically kept records on whether agency staff or contractors are full or part time.

Table 2

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Full time civil servants

2,854

2,812

2,966

2,991

Part time civil servants

237

275

574

348