Armed Forces: Manpower

Defence written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) outflow and (b) voluntary outflow (i) numbers and (ii) rates for each pinch point trade in the Armed Forces are.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As I set out in my answer of 15 May 2008, Hansard, columns 1704-05W, and 26 November 2008, Hansard, columns 1521-26W, some of the information requested is not available; this position remains the case. I have provided as much information as possible for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force although it is not possible to provide inflow rates for the Royal Navy pinch points due to the configuration of the pinch point trades on the joint personnel administration (JPA) system. The Army is currently not able to provide any data of this kind as the information held on JPA has not been validated.

Royal Navy
Liability Strength Shortfall Inflow Outflow VO
Operational pinch point trades Number Number Number Percentage Number Number Percentage
Lt Cdr X SM Command Qualified (SM(CQ)) 47 45 2 5 n/a 3 0
Lt X SM IWC Qualified and SQEP 40 39 1 3 n/a 16 7.5
Principal Warfare Officers 359 289 70 20 n/a 38 4.0
RN Harrier GR7 Instructors 7 3 4 57 n/a 1 0
GR7 Harrier Pilots: Lt 35 21 14 40 n/a 0 4.0
MCD/MWO Lts 81 47 34 43 n/a 7 3.8
Strategic Weapons Systems Junior Ranks 110 86 24 22 n/a 22 5.0
Merlin Pilots 122 78 44 36 n/a 7 2.5
Merlin Observers 116 71 45 39 n/a 1 1.5
Merlin Aircrewmen 103 80 23 22 n/a 10 14.6
Leading Seaman General Warfare 1,105 815 290 26 n/a 106 8.3
Able Rate Diver 135 95 40 30 n/a 12 10.0
Lt X SM Advanced Warfare Course Qualified (SQEP) 34 30 4 12 n/a 16 4.0
Able Rate 1 Seaman 388 291 97 25 n/a 74 16.0
Able Rate 1 Warfare Specialist 666 635 31 5 n/a 173 13.0
Able Rate 1 Communications and Information Systems 367 335 32 9 n/a 77 16.0
Leading Aircraft Controllers 73 41 32 44 n/a 5 6.5
Royal Marines Other Ranks (Pt—Cp1) 6,525 6,003 522 8 n/a 484 7.3
Able Rate Warfare Specialist (Sensors Submariner) 178 144 34 17 n/a 30 6.0
Sea-King and Lynx Avionics Supervisors 348 284 64 18 n/a 3 n/a
Cat A2 Nuclear Watchkeepers 189 157 32 17 n/a 12 6.0
Cat B Nuclear Watchkeepers 377 316 61 16 n/a 44 6.0
L Logs(CS) (P) 328 261 67 25 n/a 27 2.0
AB Logs (CS) (P) 456 447 9 2 n/a 48 6.0
L Logs (Pers) 239 222 17 7 n/a 26 4.0
AB Logs (Pers) 392 391 1 0 n/a 49 9.0
LS (MW) 70 65 5 8 n/a 3 6.0
Able Rate Warfare Specialist (Tactical Submariner) 124 116 8 7 n/a 13 7.0
Notes:

1. Outflow is to January 2009.

2. Lt X SM IWC Qualified and SQEP and Lt X SM Advanced Warfare Course Qualified (SQEP) are the same group and are 16 in total but they are two separate OPPs.

3. SQEP means Suitably Qualified and Experience Personnel, i.e. have the skills to do a particular job and in case of SM if AWC are qualified to be a Watch Leader

Army
Liability Strength Shortfall Inflow Outflow VO
Number Number Number Percentage Number Number Number
Operational pinch point trades
RE Clk of Wks: SSgt-WO1 248 237 11 4.4 n/a n/a n/a
RLC Ammo Tech: Cp1-SSgt 306 176 130 42.5 n/a n/a n/a
Infantry: Pte-LCp1 14,980 13,380 1,600 10.7 n/a n/a n/a
REME Rec Mech: LCp1-Cp1 339 213 126 37.2 n/a n/a n/a
RE EOD: Cp1-SSgt 131 109 22 16.7 n/a n/a n/a
REME VM: Cfh-Cp1 3,521 3,224 297 8.4 n/a n/a n/a
Int OPMI:Cp1-Sgt 708 476 232 32.8 n/a n/a n/a
REME Armourer: Cfn-Cp1 377 305 74 19.6 n/a n/a n/a
RA Gunner: Gnr-Bdr (including Para/Cdo Gnrs and OP Asst) 4,987 4,490 497 10.0 n/a n/a n/a
Manning pinch point trades
AMS Radiologist: Maj+ 4 2 2 50.0 n/a n/a n/a
AMS ITU Nurse: Cp1-Capt 121 35 86 71.1 n/a n/a n/a
AMS EM Nurse: Cp1-Capt 101 38 63 62.4 n/a n/a n/a
AMS Radiographer: Cp1+ 24 12 12 50.0 n/a n/a n/a
AMS Anaesthetist: Maj+ 49 23 26 53.1 n/a n/a n/a
AMS Orth Surg: Maj+ 13 10 3 23.1 n/a n/a n/a
AMS Gen Surg: Maj+ 17 10 7 41.2 n/a n/a n/a
REME Geo: Spr-WO2 365 284 81 22.2 n/a n/a n/a
RLC P&C Op: Pte-Cp1 433 435 -2 -0.5 n/a n/a n/a
RA UAV Op: LBdr-SSgt 370 299 71 19.2 n/a n/a n/a
REME Fitter: Spr-LCp1 495 409 86 17.4 n/a n/a n/a
AGC(SPS) Mil Admin: Pte-Sgt 2,666 2,292 374 14.0 n/a n/a n/a
AMS GMP: Capt+ 155 137 18 11.6 n/a n/a n/a
R Signals IS Engr: Cp1-Sgt 252 124 128 50.8 n/a n/a n/a
CAMUS: Musician 300 199 101 33.7 n/a n/a n/a
AMS ODP: Cp1+ 95 81 14 14.7 n/a n/a n/a
AMS RGN: Cp1-Sgt 293 263 30 10.2 n/a n/a n/a
REME C3S: Spr-LCp1 712 611 101 14.2 n/a n/a n/a
RLC Chef: Pte-LCp1 1,459 1,383 76 5.2 n/a n/a n/a
Royal Air Force
Liability Strength Shortfall Inflow Outflow VO
Number Number Number Percentage Number Number Number
Operational pinch point trades
Flying Branch (Career Stream) (Senior Officer) 677 576 101 15 100 70 20
Pilot (Junior Officer) 1,490 1,288 202 14 160 150 40
Operations Support (Intelligence) 229 224 5 2 10 20 10
Operations Support (Regiment) 275 235 40 14 30 20 10
Operations Support (Flight Operations) 224 219 5 2 20
Medical 282 213 69 24 10
Medical Nursing Officer 179 128 51 28 10 20 10
Weapons System (Operator (Crewman) 577 503 74 13 70 30 10
Weapons System Operator (Linguist) 63 50 13 21 10 10
Mechanical Transport Technician 355 342 13 4 30 20
Gunner 1,924 1,702 222 11 330 190 110
Fire Fighter 545 518 27 5 110 60 20
Air Traffic Control/Flight Operations Manager/Flight Operations Assistant 1,246 1,228 18 1 110 80 40
Logistics (Mover) 895 849 46 5 50 70 50
Manning pinch point trades
Weapons System Officer (Junior Officer) 513 439 74 14 10 30 10
Operations Support (Aerospace Battle Manager) 342 293 49 14 10 20 10
Operations Support (Air Traffic Control) 397 371 26 6 20 30 10
Personnel (Support) 521 494 27 5 50 40 20
Personnel (Training) 219 198 21 10 10 20 10
Dental 71 57 14 20 10
Chaplains 78 63 15 19 10
Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) 4,965 4,299 666 13 10 290 200
Aircraft Technician (Avionics) 3,942 3,437 505 13 10 260 180
General Technician (Electrical) 551 491 60 11 20 70 40
General Technician (Mechanical) 963 436 527 75 20 30 20
Intelligence (Analyst) 679 590 89 13 40 30 20
Survival Equipment Fitter 607 562 45 7 30 80 40
Biomedical Scientist 15 9 6 40 0
Dental Nurse 131 122 9 7 20 10 10
Musician 175 152 23 13 10 10
Notes

1. Inflow equals all inflow, trained or untrained, to pinch point trades during the 12-month period 1 November 2007 to 30 November 2008. When the pinch point applies to a specific rank (Senior Officer/Junior Officer) promotions and demotions have been included.

2. Outflow equals all trained outflow from pinch point trades during the 12-month period 1 November 2007 to 30 November 2008. When the pinch point applies to a specific rank (Senior Officer/Junior Officer) promotions and demotions have been included.

3. WSO includes Navigators, Crewman, Electronic Warfare/Acoustic, Linguist and Air Eng.

4. Due to the small populations generated by this level of detail, and the possibility of identifying individual personnel, data have been rounded to 10 and totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. "0" represents zero occurrences and "—" shows rounded to zero.

5. Due to the introduction of the new pay administration system these data are provisional and subject to review.

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