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Departmental Temporary Employment

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which companies were contracted by her Department for the provision of temporary staff in each of the last three years; how many temporary staff were employed by her Department in each such year; and what the monetary value was of contracts with each such company in each such year. (317995)

[holding answer 22 February 2010]: The DWP has a contract with Brook Street for the provision of temporary staff since September 2007; prior to this the service was contracted through Reed Employment plc (full UK coverage) and Hays Specialist Services (London only).

The expenditure and numbers of temporary staff were as follows:

2007-082008-092009-10 (year to date December)

Expenditure (£ million)

Headcount (average)

Expenditure (£ million)

Headcount (average)

Expenditure (£ million)

Headcount (average)

Total

6.48

unknown

10.2

1270

4.6

1215

Brook Street

0.076

3.5

4.6

Reed

0.432

0.312

0

Hays

4.5

3.5

0

Other

1.48

2.9

0

1 Headcount figures are averaged across the period noted.

The headcount for temporary staff for 2007-08 is not available centrally as DWP did not capture management information as standard across the various suppliers for the periods in question.