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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies in her Department and its agencies were filled through external recruitment in the last year for which figures are available. (315698)

The following table shows the number of vacancies, expressed on a full time equivalent basis, filled through external recruitment by the Department and its Agencies during the Departmental financial year ending 31 March 2009.

Business area

Total

Jobcentre Plus Pensions,

8,667

Disability and Carers Service

1,086

Child Support Agency

459

Core Department

749

Total

10,961

Notes:

1. Information for The Child Support Agency is up to 30 October 2008. The Agency transferred to the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission on 1 November 2008.

2. Figures include all permanent and temporary Civil Service staff and are shown on a full time equivalent basis as this best represents the number of posts that were filled.

3. In addition to normal recruitment during 2008/09, additional staff were recruited to support the introduction of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and during the last quarter to deal with rising workloads in Jobcentre Plus as a result of the economic downturn.

4. Additional staff continued to be recruited during the first six months of the 2009-10 financial year to address increasing workloads. The majority of these staff were engaged on a fixed term or temporary contract basis.