Departmental Spending (Staff)

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2001.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party, Perth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate total staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Minister (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

The information requested is in the tables.

The Department for Work and Pensions administers social security and employment services across Great Britain on an integrated basis. Not all staff costs incurred by the Department and its agencies within a nation or region relate to customers within the same nation or region.

Department for Work and Pensions: total and percentage staff costs by grade level and region/nation -- Table 1—total staff costs£
Government office region All grades SCS level Level 6/7 SEO/HEO level EO level AO/AA level Ind/other grade
London 331,901,833 7,739,330 18,922,633 41,029,012 120,116,892 143,646,332 447,634
South East 196,724,201 (21) 1,819,616 14,061,550 79,226,664 99,956,176 1,660,195
South West 144,022,302 (21) 1,485,204 12,006,716 53,378,878 76,262,133 735,984
West Midlands 196,304,739 363,181 2,239,319 15,891,457 73,805,047 103,993,203 (21)
North West 332,157,197 1,226,834 11,705,330 39,142,345 111,808,485 163,571,051 4,703,152
North East 245,071,976 1,378,687 6,319,869 28,017,167 73,061,108 135,318,111 977,034
Merseyside 100,380,994 (21) 1,306,222 6,952,041 36,263,502 55,821,874 (21)
Yorkshire and Humberside 255,268,964 3,017,964 13,627,902 48,812,860 94,385,696 95,372,417 52,125
East Midlands 105,249,208 (21) 1,299,506 7,657,134 41,157,270 54,982,172 70,123
Eastern 96,206,315 (21) 789,106 5,496,386 34,666,590 55,179,192 (21)
England Total 2,003,287,729 14,037,429 59,514,707 219,066,668 717,870,132 984,102,661 8,696,138
Wales 116,956,484 (21) 1,253,113 8,879,369 44,870,553 60,569,941 1,242,775
Scotland 247,708,964 (21) 3,163,423 19,229,663 93,275,734 129,009,599 2,693,558
GB Total 2,367,953,177 14,515,151 63,931,243 247,175,700 856,016,419 1,173,682,201 12,632,471
Northern Ireland 156,169 (22) (22) (22) (22) (22) 156,169
Grand Total 2,368,109,346 14,515,151 63,931,243 247,175,700 856,016,419 1,173,682,201 12,788,640
Table 2—Percentage of staff costs
Government Office region All grades SCS level Level 6/7 SEO/HEO level EO level AO/AA level Ind/other grade
London 14 53 30 17 14 12 4
South East 8 (21) 3 6 9 9 13
South West 6 (21) 2 5 6 6 6
West Midlands 8 3 4 6 9 9 (21)
North West 14 8 18 16 13 14 37
North East 10 9 10 11 9 12 8
Merseyside 4 (21) 2 3 4 5 (21)
Yorkshire and Humberside 11 21 21 20 11 8 0
East Midlands 4 (21) 2 3 5 5 1
Eastern 4 (21) 1 2 4 5 (21)
England Total 85 97 93 89 84 84 68
Wales 5 (21) 2 4 5 5 10
Scotland 10 (21) 5 8 11 11 21
GB total 100 100 100 100 100 100 99
Northern Ireland 0 (22) (22) (22) (22) (22) 1
Grand total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

(21) Because there are three or fewer staff in this category the number and cost have not been separately identified.

(22) Staff costs for Northern Ireland have not been identified by grade because the small numbers in each category could potentially identify individuals and their salaries.

Notes:

1. Staff costs include basic salary and allowances plus employer's contribution to National Insurance and Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.

2. Staff Costs do not include ancillary matters such as accommodation, office services, stationery etc.

3. The staff data from which these figures derive are as at 31 August 2001 as this represents the correct staffing position of DWP, which was formed in June 2001. Earlier DSS data is not comparable.

4. Employment Service staff are included.

5. War Pensions Agency Staff are included as they are still largely within the overall DWP administrative structure even though WPA is now technically part of the Ministry of Defence.

6. Casual and other staff on temporary contracts are included.

7. The grade groupings include specialist staff such as accountants, lawyers and auditors in their "generalist" grade equivalent.

8. Because the staffing make-up of DWP is different from the DSS, the figures above are not comparable with those provided for DSS in Civil Service Statistics 2000.

9. Overtime costs are not included as it would not be possible to collate the historical data required in sufficient detail in the time available.

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