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|
The number of posts filled on temporary promotion by people who had been in such roles for at least six months as at
The number of secondments into the Department as at
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.