Departmental Manpower

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies are in transition prior to being managed out; how long on average the transition window between notification and exit has been in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the salary costs of staff in transition in each such year; and what proportion of employees in transition were classed as being so for more than six months in each year;

(2) what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the last five years who remain working in the public sector.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Employees across the Treasury Group are kept informed of any forthcoming changes in organisational roles or functions, and full support is given to employees. Staff have six months' notice, more in the case of disabled staff, in order to find alternative employment.

Information covering HM Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is set out in the following table. The Treasury and OGC figures for 2008-09 relate to additional time given to employees to seek alternative employment elsewhere in the civil service.

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has not had any employees in transition over the last five years.

Estimates of salary costs, and of the percentage of former staff who remain in the public sector, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Organisation Average time (months) Number of staff >6 months
HM Treasury
2004-05 4.0 5
2005-06 0.0 0
2006-07 6.0 <5
2007-08 4.8 <5
2008-09 14.0 <5
OGC
2004-05 0.0 0
2005-06 0.0 0
2006-07 0.0 0
2007-08 6.3 34
2008-09 15.0 14

Information relating to fewer than five cases has been withheld where this could lead to the identification of protected personal information.

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