Departmental Manpower

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many layers of management reporting from the most senior to the most junior there are in his Department and each of its agencies; how many officials are employed in each such layer; and how much was spent on salaries and associated employment costs of staff at each such layer in the latest year for which information is available.

Photo of Dan Norris Dan Norris Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information is as follows:

Core DEFRA (including Animal Health, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the Marine Fisheries Agency)

The following table shows the number of staff at those grades which hold line management responsibility as at 31 December 2009, expressed as full-time equivalents, along with the average annual pay costs for each grade for a single individual. Pay costs include salary, allowances, non-consolidated performance related variable pay, National Insurance contributions and superannuation charges. Further associated employment costs are only available at disproportionate cost. Staff numbers include permanent and fixed-term appointments.

Senior Civil Service figures shown include staff in the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

Grade Staff in post (FTE) Average annual pay cost (£)
EO 890.41 32,559
HEO 896.14 39,593
SEO 374.38 48,770
Grade 7 807.67 65,860
Grade 6 153.28 79,310
SCS Deputy Director 137.56 110,246
SCS Director 22.79 144,966
SCS Director General 5.36 187,684
Permanent Secretary 0.89 237,490

Rural Payment Agency

RPA has seven layers of management from the SCS (Director) level to Executive Office (EO). In the 2008-09 financial year this equated to 1,622.55 people (FTE).

The amount spent on salaries and associated employment costs of staff in each management layer below the SCS are shown in the following table:

Grade levels Staff Number (FTE)( 1) Cost (£000)( 2)
Grade 6 26.67 2,161
Grade 7 83.79 5,462
SEO 162.94 7,988
HEO 390.66 15,240
EO 951.13 30,354
Grand Total 3338.77 101,419
(1) Staff numbers include all permanent and fixed term employed staff shown as full time equivalent (FTE)

(2) Costs include salaries, employer national insurance contributions, superannuation, social security costs, and early retirement/severance expenditure.


Information has been taken from the 2008-09 Annual Report

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

The following table summarises staff in post, expressed as full-time equivalents, for each relevant grade. It also shows the total pay by grade for the month of December 2009 and the average cost per grade for the same.

Grade FTEs as at 31 December 2009 Pay by grade for December, 2009 (inc ERs Pension and NIC) (£) Average pay cost by grade for December, 2009 (£)
PB3 (EO) 85 150,499 1,777
PB4 (HEO) 123 266,726 2,166
PB5 (HSO) 111 324,146 2,916
PB6 (SSO) 96 343,930 3,580
PB7 (Grade 7) 49 246,258 5,013
PB8 (Grade 6) 20 132,529 6,571

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

The following table summarises the number of staff by grade, expressed as full-time equivalents, and the salary and associated costs for the 2008-09 financial year for each grade. Costs include overtime, sale of annual leave and bonus payments.

Pay band Headcount by pay band FTE Salary and associated costs 2008-09 FY (£)
Pay Band A (G6) 19.39 2,013,415
Pay Band B (G7) 42.98 3,383,888
Pay Band C (SEO) 161.43 7,830,307
Pay Band D (HEO) 158.09 6,320,099
Pay Band E (EO) 259.35 8,134,704

Food and Environment Research Agency

The following table summarises non-SCS staff in post as at 31 December 2009, expressed as full time equivalents. It also shows the average paybill cost for an individual in each grade. Paybill costs include salary, employer's national insurance contributions and employer's superannuation payments.

Grade FTE in post as at 31 December 2009 Average paybill cost (£)
Band 3 (EO) 218.6 28,329
Band 4 (HEO) 219.6 36,658
Band 5 (SEO) 111.7 45,417
Band 6 (G7) 73.3 63,119
Band 7 (G6) 16.5 79,173

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