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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which companies his Department sourced temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many temporary staff his Department employed in each year; and what the monetary value of the contracts with each such company was in each such year. (320019)

The Department uses the services of a range of suppliers for its temporary workers, through a number of framework agreements. These frameworks include the following, from which the majority of temporary workers are sourced:

1. Buying Solutions Temporary Clerical and Administrative framework.

This framework comprises the following companies: Brook Street (UK) Ltd., Hays Specialist Recruitment, Kelly Services (UK) Ltd., Office Angels Ltd., Reed Specialist Recruitment, Northern Recruitment Group and Employment Plus Ltd.

2. Buying Solutions Specialist Contractors (Project and Programme Management) framework.

This framework comprises the following companies: Acumen Consortium (AMTEC), Badenoch and Clark Ltd., Elan Computing Ltd., Hays Information Technology, Hays Specialist Recruitment, LA International Computer Consultants Ltd., Methods Consulting, NES IT, NetworkersMSB, Parity, Reed Personnel Services plc, SmartSourcing plc and Technology Project Services.

3. Department of Health Clerical and Administrative Communications framework.

This framework comprises the following companies: Badenoch and Clark, Hays, Morgan Hunt, Step Ahead, Stop Gap and Venn Group.

4. Department of Health Information Services Flexible Resource Pool framework.

This framework comprises one company, Sapient Ltd.

In 2008-09, the average number of whole-time equivalent temporary workers employed in the Department, comprising agency workers, contractors and consultants, was 215. Prior to 2008-09, temporary workers were not recorded on the Department’s human resources system, therefore this information is not held centrally.

To provide the monetary value of contracts with the suppliers of temporary workers in the last three years would incur disproportionate cost.