Departmental Manpower

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change in the number of employees in his Department and its agencies has been since July 2006.

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

The change in the number of employees in the Department and its agencies since July 2006 is summarised in the following tables.

Table 1: Numbers of individual employees
Business area July 2006 May 2008 Reduction
Jobcentre Plus 79,089 73,504 5,585
The Pension Service 14,891 11,907 2,984
Disability and Carers Service 7,304 6,218 1,086
Pension Disability and Carers Service(1) 22,195 18,125 4,070
Child Support Agency 12,829 10,751 2,078
The Rent Service 670 575 95
The rest of DWP 11,532 10,293 1,239
DWP total 126,315 113,248 13,067
(1) The Pension Service and Disability and Carers Service came together on 1 April 2008 to form a new agency called the Pension and Disability Carers Service. Figures for both elements of the new agency are included for completeness.
Table 2: Numbers on a full-time equivalent basis
Business area July 2006 May 2008 Reduction
Jobcentre Plus 71,048 65,607 5,441
The Pension Service 13,667 10,884 2,783
Disability and Carers Service 6,527 5,489 1,038
Pension Disability and Carers Service(1) 20,194 16,373 3,821
Child Support Agency 11,405 9,531 1,874
The Rent Service 650 563 87
The rest of DWP 10,794 9,613 1,181
DWP total(2) 114,092 101,688 12,404
(1) The Pension Service and Disability and Carers Service came together on 1 April 2008 to form a new agency called the Pension Disability and Carers Service. Figures for both elements of the new agency are included for completeness.

(2) Totals may not sum due to rounding of individual lines.

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