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Departmental Consultants

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in 2009; (317166)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department and its agencies spent on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months. [315697]

The Department and its agencies spent £10.4 million on external recruitment consultants in the last 12 months.

This exceptional figure reflects the need to recruit over 15,000 additional staff into Jobcentre Plus in a very short period of time to meet the extra demands created by the recession. I expect the figure for 2010-11 to be substantially lower.