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Departmental Disabled Staff

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the average salary in (i) his Department and (ii) the executive agencies is of (A) full-time disabled staff, (B) full-time non-disabled staff, (C) part-time disabled staff and (D) part-time non-disabled staff. (317890)

The following table shows the number and percentage of staff in DEFRA and its agencies that have declared that they are disabled. The figures are as at 31 January 2010, except for RPA which are as at 31 March 2009.

Known disabled staff

Number

Percentage of declared

Percentage of all staff

DEFRA

128

19.1

5.1

AH

109

28.4

6.1

CEFAS

30

n/a

5.4

FERA

43

7.9

5.0

MFA

5

13.5

2.1

RPA

304

n/a

10.4

VLA

135

14.3

10.5

VMD

6

10.9

3.7

Key to table:

AH—Animal Health

CEFAS—Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture Research

FERA—Food and Environment Research Agency

MFA—Marine and Fisheries Agency

RPA—Rural Payments Agency

VLA—Veterinary Laboratories Agency

VMD—Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The following table shows the average (mean) salaries of staff who have declared their disability status. Salaries do not include allowances or bonuses. A breakdown by grade grouping has been included for full-time staff in the table, except for CEFAS for whom the information is not available. No breakdown by grade has been provided for part-time staff as the numbers are too small to provide a meaningful comparison. The figures are as at 31 January 2010, except for RPA which are as at 31 March 2009.

Average salaries

£

Known disabled

Known non-disabled

DEFRA

Full-time

AA/AO

21,412

21,024

EO

26,731

26,302

HEO/SEO

33,984

34,269

G7 and above

60,554

53,962

All grades

36,174

38,358

Part-time

All grades

37,573

37,461

AH

Full-time

AA/AO

18,163

18,762

EO

25,142

24,523

HEO/SEO

30,857

30,632

G7 and above

53,036

50,360

All grades

24,529

28,863

Part-time

All grades

23,266

25,634

CEFAS

Full-time

All grades

19,950

25,400

Part-time

All grades

23,810

FERA

Full-time

AA/AO

16,476

16,803

EO

22,589

22,598

HEO/SEO

33,033

31,197

G7 and above

48,725

50,358

All grades

26,463

28,993

Part-time

All grades

26,193

26,296

MFA

Full-time

AA/AO

20,734

EO

25,819

24,893

HEO/SEO

30,486

35,962

G7 and above

51,625

All grades

28,619

33,680

Part-time

All grades

RPA

Full-time

AA/AO

18,185

17,773

EO

24,063

23,505

HEO/SEO

29,935

30,827

G7 and above

48,050

51,566

All grades

22,669

23,791

Part-time

All grades

20,870

22,128

VLA

Full-time

AA/AO

18,311

18,292

EO

24,057

24,078

HEO/SEO

34,608

35,972

G7 and above

53,191

54,204

All grades

24,776

26,727

Part-time

All grades

22,696

24,688

VMD

Full-time

AA/AO

21,051

21,502

EO

28,325

26,567

HEO/SEO

34,584

34,887

G7 and above

51,133

All grades

26,253

31,575

Part-time

All grades

34,515

29,693

Key to table:

AH—Animal Health

CEFAS—Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture Research

FERA—Food and Environment Research Agency

MFA—Marine and Fisheries Agency

RPA—Rural Payments Agency

VLA—Veterinary Laboratories Agency

VMD—Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The figures on a grade by grade basis show that the differences between disabled and non-disabled staff are very small. In some grades the average salary of disabled staff is higher than that of non-disabled staff.

Although declaring disability status is not mandatory in DEFRA, we do encourage staff to declare their status to enable effective monitoring of HR policies.