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Departmental Manpower

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) its agency are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window between notification and exit has been in (i) her Department and (ii) its agency in each of the last five years; what estimate she has made of the salary costs of staff in transition in each such year; and what proportion of employees in transition were classed as being so for more than six months in each year. (313249)

On 31 December 2009, Cabinet Office had 17 staff without permanent roles who were being supported to find new permanent roles. The Department introduced a brokerage service in July 2007 to provide tailored support to redeploy staff without permanent roles. Figures on staff without permanent roles are only available since that date.

Since July 2007, 115 staff without permanent roles have been redeployed. The average time between staff being declared surplus and redeployment to a new permanent role is set out in the following table. The table also gives details of the proportion of employees without a permanent role for longer than six months.

Average time from declared surplus to redeployment (Months)

Proportion of CO employees without a permanent role for six months or more (Percentage)

20071

9

0.65

20081

4

1.38

20091

2

1.21

1Information on salary costs of staff without permanent roles is not held. However, there are no additional staff costs to the Department arising from staff without permanent roles, since they are deployed in interim or temporary roles while they are looking for permanent employment, saving the Department the cost of fees on agency and interim staff.