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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of staff of her Department, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or part-time; and what her Department’s policy is on making jobs available on a job-share or flexible basis. (301334)

The information held at the end of September 2009 on part-time flexible working contracts for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its agencies is in the following table.

Working pattern

Part-time

Agency

Number

Percentage

Jobcentre Plus

28,049

31

Pensions Disability and Carers Service

6,079

37

Corporate Shared Services

3,153

24

Total

37,281

31

The information held on part-time flexible working contracts for non-departmental public bodies is in the following table.

Working pattern

Part-time

Non-departmental public body

Number

Percentage

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC)

2,813

36

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

927

24

Independent Living Fund (ILF)

67

36

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

14

7.3

Pensions Ombudsman (PO) and Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman (PPFO)

4

11

Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA)

1

0.7

Remploy Ltd.

500

10

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)

6

15

The Pensions Regulator (TPR)

40

13.5

DWP recognises the advantage of having a range of different flexible working arrangements to meet business needs. Current selection policy encourages applications from employees looking to job share and work flexibly.

The Department’s HR work force planning team produces a monthly pocket facts report, this includes staffing—headcount analysis. The report is available on the departmental intranet with the last publication being for September 2009, this showed 82,344 employees as full time and 37,281 part-time. This equates to 69 per cent. and 31 per cent. respectively. The difference between the 82,344 from pocket facts and the 82,335 in our data (nine) is based on the working pattern not being recorded on RM.

Departmental guidance on working hours and working patterns was amended to include advice for employees on how employees can find potential job-share partners by linking to the civil service jobs on line internet site.

Data on non-departmental public bodies have been provided by the departmental governance team.