Departments: Older Workers

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

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years; and what percentage in each case this is of the number of new recruits in each year.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

The available figures are as set out in the tables.

Within the Criminal Records Bureau, these data are not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

A vailable figures for Central Home Office and Border and Immigration Agency
2007 2006 2005
Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants
(a) people over 55 years of age(1) 82 3.36 160 6.36 174 6.65
(b) people over 60 years of age 17 0.70 26 1.03 51 1.95
(1) Number given is new entrants aged over 55, it therefore excludes those in (b).

An earlier PQ 143915 asked for staff numbers in the category '55 and over' figures supplied there are larger than the sum of (a) and (b) above as they include those at 55 years of age.

The figures have been taken from records held on the Home Office personnel system called ADELPHI.

Recruits into public sector Prison Service aged (a) over 55 and (b) over 60
2006 - 07 2005 - 06 2004 - 05
Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants
(a) people over 55 years of age 389 6.70 335 5.90 344 6.10
(b) people over 60 years of age 109 1.90 75 1.30 68 1.20
Note:

New entrants in (b) are also included in (a). The figures include staff who are either 55 or 60 years of age or older respectively on the day of joining the Prison Service

IPS
2007 2006 2005
Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants Number Percentage of new entrants
(a) people over 55 years 335 ppl (8.2%) 0.76 308 ppl (-8.60%) 0.68 279 ppl (-9.20%) 0.91
(b) people over 60 years 160 ppl (-3.90%) 0.21 146 ppl (-4.00%) 0.34 130 ppl (-4.30%) 0.21

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Joyce Glasser
Posted on 4 Jul 2007 12:58 am (Report this annotation)

Despite the age legislation, passed in October 2006, the percentages and numbers have delined from 2005 so there are fewer people over 50 in 2006 and even fewer in 2007. Perhaps the departments encouraged people to retire before the introduction of the age legislation. The exception is the Prison Service. This could be because the jobs are so bad no one else wants them and there is such a huge demand now as the prisons are full. It would be interesting to learn why there is this increase only in the Prison Service.