Land Registry: Labour Turnover

Justice written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of (a) the number of staff expected to leave posts at the Land Registry as a result of the review of its offices and (b) the number of additional staff to be employed by the Land Registry in 2010-11.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Land Registry published their Accelerated Transformation Programme proposals on 22 October 2009. The first phase of the programme envisages a reduction of 1,500 staff by 2011. The proposals for the first phase of the programme include the closure of five offices, a reduction in the number of clerical staff, and an examination of the scope for outsourcing some of its support functions.

Land Registry is holding a public consultation, which ends on 29 January, on proposals to close five of its offices. The total number of staff working in the five offices as at 4 January 2010 was 1,125.

The business case published alongside the proposals included a working assumption about recruitment of staff including those with specialist expertise, such as commercial skills, procurement and contract management, programme and project management and IT. That assumption included the recruitment of 150 staff by December 2011. Land Registry will, of course, consider existing members of staff for posts as they arise before recruiting externally.

Land Registry is currently undertaking a workforce planning exercise and will review the recruitment projections in the business case. They will include the results of this review when they announce their final decisions and publish their consultation responses documents.

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