Departmental Manpower

International Development written question – answered on 21st 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 International Development how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department there were in each month since May 2005.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) provides employment statistics to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Prior to 2006, employment numbers were available only on an annual basis and from then on were collected quarterly.

Details of the available published DFID staffing statistics for permanent civil service employees, and temporary workers, in DFID from 2005 are contained in the following table.

Month/year Permanent civil service employees Temporary workers (i.e. f ixed-term civil service employees on contracts of 12 months or less) Total
March 2005 1880 0 1880
March 2006 1800 0 1800
June 2006 1780 0 1780
September 2006 1740 0 1740
December 2006 1750 10 1760
March 2007 1710 10 1720
June 2007 1720 10 1730
September 2007 1670 0 1670
December 2007 1660 0 1660
March 2008 1610 0 1610

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10

The definition of temporary workers follows the ONS definition which states that employees with fixed term contracts of 12 months or less should be regarded as temporary employees.

In response to the question about the numbers of our non-civil service posts, DFID employs staff appointed in country (SAIC) who are recruited locally to work in our network of over 50 offices overseas on local terms and conditions of service. The details of our SAIC staff are shown in the following table:

Month/year Total
March 2005 989
March 2006 933
June 2006 899
September 2006 881
December 2006 882
March 2007 865
June 2007 837
September 2007 846
December 2007 854
March 2008 834

Prior to October 2007 there were no central records of agency workers within DFID so we are unable to provide historical numbers. Details of the centrally managed agency workers from October 2007 to March 2008 are shown in the following table.

October 26
November 27
December 34
January 38
February 49
March 54

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