Prison Service: Vacancies

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officer vacancies there were in each prison establishment at the end of each quarter since January 2000; what the expected vacancy rate is projected to be at each establishment for each quarter in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Information on past shortfalls of officers for each establishment is contained in the tables. Information on staff shortfalls is not available for the public sector before March 2001. The shortfalls incorporate the contribution of contracted supplementary hours.

Although projections of vacancy levels are not available for public sector establishments, officer staffing levels are monitored regularly to ensure that they are within acceptable operating margins. Four contracted establishments have been able to provide projected vacancy numbers.

Private sector prison service establishments—prison custody officer vacancies
2000 2001 2002
PCO vacancies Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Altcourse (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Ashfield n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 18
Bronzefield (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2)
Doncaster n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Dovegate (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Forest Bank n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Lowdham 5 9 3 5 2 6 10 3
Parc(3) 24 18 15 11 9 8 19 4 7 1
Peterborough (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2)
Rye Hill (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Wolds (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
2003 2004 2005
PCO vacancies Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Altcourse (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Ashfield 10 4 1 15 25 48 5 11 21 10
Bronzefield (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) 15
Doncaster 7 31 17 9 23 1 13 4 12 7 16 7
Dovegate 9 7 10 10 22 1 10 9 10 7
Forest Bank n/a n/a n/a 7 11 11 3
Lowdham 4 4 13 6 9 8 2 3 1 9 6
Parc(3) 8 23 13 12 31 17 16 2 21 15
Peterborough (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) 20 10
Rye Hill (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Wolds (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
2006
PCO vacancies Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Altcourse (1) (1) (1) (1)
Ashfield 1 9 2 1
Bronzefield
Doncaster 9 7 10 6
Dovegate 13 14 2 9
Forest Bank 3 3 2
Lowdham 7 10 7 5
Parc(3) 1 9 12 18
Peterborough 4 11
Rye Hill (1) (1) (1) (1)
Wolds (1) (1) (1) (1)
(1) No information provided by contractor.

(2) Not yet opened.

(3) Information provided by HMP Parc is for the number of prison custody officers (PCOs) staff who joined to fill vacancies.

Notes:

1. Where an establishment has recorded a surplus of staff this has been shown as zero in the table.

2. HMP Bronzefield did not open until 2004

3. HMP Peterborough did not open until 2005.

4. Where information is not available it is due to information not being obtainable because of the variations in computer systems used by contracted companies.

Private sector prison service establishments—projected prison custody officer vacancies
2007
Establishment Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Altcourse (1) (1) (1) (1)
Ashfield 2 5 3 1
Bronzefield n/a n/a n/a n/a
Doncaster n/a n/a n/a n/a
Dovegate 16 7 7 7
Forest Bank n/a n/a n/a n/a
Lowdham 5 0 5 0
Parc 19 5 1 0
Peterborough n/a n/a n/a n/a
Rye Hill (1) (1) (1) (1)
Wolds (1) (1) (1) (1)
(1) No information provided.

Note:

Figures for 2007 are projections of vacancies that may be available and are subject to change.

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