Departmental Temporary Employment

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Todd Mark Todd Labour, South Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department employs temporary staff of various kinds for a number of reasons, including:

to cover short term vacancies, such as the need for administrative support; to fill posts temporarily because they are likely to be relocated or because structural changes are being implemented; to provide skills that the Department does not have but needs urgently and/or on a short-term basis; and in the case of secondments into the organisation, to support the development of staff in other organisations where there is also a business benefit for the Department in doing so.

The Department does not separately identify the type of post that is being filled on a temporary basis. The figures provided therefore cover all instances of posts being filled temporarily.

The numbers of civil servants employed on a temporary basis for more than six months in each of the last three years are as follows:

As at 1 October to 30 September each year Number
2006-07 23
2005-06 29
2004-05 59

The number of posts filled on temporary promotion by people who had been in such roles for at least six months as at 30 September 2007 was 55. Figures before this date do not identify the length of a temporary promotion.

The number of secondments into the Department as at 30 September 2007 was 57. Their length of service is not available, but the vast majority are likely to have been employed for more than six months.

The Department does not record the length of service of temporary agency staff, but the vast majority will be short-term appointments of less than six months.

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