Energy and Climate Change
Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) recruitment agency fees, (b) outplacement agency fees for displaced or redundant staff and (c) staff training in each of the last 12 months.
Gregory Barker (Minister of State (Climate Change), Energy and Climate Change; Bexhill and Battle, Conservative)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change spent £2.8 million in the last 12 months with recruitment agencies. The majority of this expenditure represents payment to the individuals employed. We are unable to separately identify the element retained by the recruitment agency as fees. This varies from case to case and the Department contracts on the basis of a total hourly or daily fee.
The Department made no fees to outplacement agencies and we use the Civil Service Transition Service to provide our redeployment support.
£5 million was spent on staff training and development in the 12-month period ending September 2012.