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Revenue and Customs: Staff

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were in post in HM Revenue and Customs at the merger in April 2005; how many posts have been abolished and how many new staff recruited in each year since that date; and what is the difference between staff numbers now and those in April 2005. [HL180]

HM Revenue and Customs was created on 18 April 2005. The first staff-in-post figures for the merged department were produced for midnight on 30 April 2005 when the numbers were 104,696 headcount (97,046 full-time equivalent).

The staff-in-post figures for HMRC on 30 November/1 December 2008 were 89,682 headcount (82,062 FTE.) The difference was, therefore, 15,014 headcount (14,984 FTE) less than directly after the merger.

The number of permanent staff recruited is published in Civil Service Staffing Statistics. The figures show 6,070 in 2005-06 and 1,370 in 2006-07. Internal departmental equivalent figures show 2,115 in 2007-08 and 4,319 in 2008-09 to date.

HMRC does not keep records on the basis of posts and the number of posts abolished is therefore unavailable.