Atomic Weapons Establishment

Defence written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) permanent staff, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors were employed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the last three years; and how many such staff he expects to be employed at the establishment in each of the next three years.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The numbers of staff employed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in the last three years are provided in the following table.

Permanent staff Contractors Temporary staff
2010 4,700 980 0
2009 4,790 970 0
2008 4,690 840 0

All figures represent full-time equivalent staff, and are as of the end of March in each year. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. These staff are employed by either AWE plc or their sub-contractors.

Based on current planning assumptions, AWE plc staffing targets for the next three years are approximately 4,700 permanent full-time equivalent staff, no temporary staff and 1,000 'integrated personnel', who are contractors employed by AWE plc for a fixed term to provide specific skills and expertise.

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