Departmental Pay

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of (a) salaries for permanent civil service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-civil service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department in each month since May 2005.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Permanent civil service posts

The total payments made to civil service permanent personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

2005-06 April to March is £2,302.33 million;

2006-07 April to March is £2,265.63 million;

2007-08 April to March is £2,221.01 million.

These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown year is as follows:

Permanent civil servant posts
Month 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
April 183,650,663 181,439,533
May 178,704,279 180,166,267
June 184,184,323 181,831,394 180,073,281
July 229,628,089 231,126,553 219,259,385
August 190,244,934 183,848,704 187,483,048
September 188,554,349 186,551,446 184,955,302
October 186,835,067 188,370,270 185,059,758
November 188,899,193 188,042,007 181,294,277
December 186,083,845 188,042,007 177,426,758
January 184,543,406 185,373,839 181,190,191
February 184,543,406 185,576,914 183,882,559
March 208,369,227 184,509,680 178,780,928
Total 1,931,885,839 2,265,627,756 2,221,011,287

(b) Permanent non-civil service posts

The Department employs 17 non-executive directors to provide an oversight to a number of business units including the Departmental Board. The total salaries paid for 2007-08 were £334,606.16.

(c) Payments to temporary or agency workers

The total payments made to agencies to provide interim personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

2005-06 April to March is £52.99 million;

2006-07 April to March is £61.98 million;

2007-08 April to March is £37.02 million.

The Department employs temporary staff "casuals" for short periods; they are recruited direct not by an agency.

These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown for temporary workers—non-agency staff—is as follows:

Month 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
April 1,498,908 951,052
May 1,296,724 876,862
June 1,623,087 1,572,925 927,159
July 2,195,072 2,480,285 1,402,637
August 2,620,664 3,137,604 1,798,865
September 2,589,109 2,614,197 1,537,918
October 2,734,967 2,093,475 1,399,916
November 2,968,417 1,974,241 1,591,649
December 3,171,526 2,099,779 1,609,386
January 3,320,723 2,201,425 1,597,096
February 3,201,721 3,217,885 1,895,901
March 2,833,316 2,673,278 1,634,024
Total 27,258,602 26,860,726 17,222,465

The monthly breakdown for temporary workers—agency staff—is as follows:

Month 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
April 288,429 2,030,908
May 6,175,451 3,494,735
June 3,498,063 2,968,338 3,035,100
July 6,295,453 1,975,004 3,681,014
August 2,149,253 6,843,648 2,559,968
September 2,628,591 3,769,897 3,507,816
October 5,918,081 2,837,485 2,878,247
November 2,839,595 3,564,802 3,753,694
December 444,857 3,675,319 3,093,747
January 2,633,343 8,618,533 3,327,606
February 2,949,923 4,153,205 4,506,148
March 13,258,606 (1,878,670) 3,960,853
Total 42,615,765 42,991,441 39,829,836

A monthly breakdown of information is not available for the period prior to April 2007 and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The following special points should be noted.

The total spend figures are the total paid to agencies for the supply of interim personnel (agency workers). This includes the fees paid directly to the interim personnel and also the fees paid to the agencies for their supply. The agency payments are normally based on a percentage mark-up and are variable depending on the agency and the category of personnel supplied. The average margin for all supply categories utilising the Department's primary supply vehicle, the CIPHER framework agreement, is 15 per cent.

The total spend figures have been obtained from a number of sources including the Department's Financial and Resource Management systems and it should be noted that the figures are based on current account codes and category descriptors and may include some miscellaneous non-interim personnel expenditure because of the difficulty in categorising. The figures for 2007-08 have only recently been extracted and are subject to further validation.

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