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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland on (i) personnel costs and (ii) consultants in each year since 1997.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Spend is not recorded on a geographical basis. DWP does not record spend for Government Offices in Northern Ireland.

(i) DWP has spent the following amounts on total net staff costs in each year since 2003-04 as follows:

Average number of whole-time equivalent persons employed £ million
2003-04 134,318 2,943.85
2004-05 131,998 3,099.84
2005-06 122,215 3,214.57
2006-07 116,005 3,126.63
2007-08 109,462 3,140.62
2008-09 108,058 3,108.84
2009-10 118,465 3,504.12
2010-11 115,846 3,487.32
Source: DWP published annual accounts

(ii) DWP has spent the following amounts on Management Consultancy Services and Contingent Labour in each year since 2003-04 when our records began:

£ million
Consultancy Services Contingent Labour (1)
2003-04 306.72 50.93
2004-05 168.37 33.65
2005-06 130.29 43.86
2006-07 162.62 66.68
2007-08 76.48 36.90
2008-09 95.18 60.79
2009-10 72.08 59.04
2010-11 18.24 27.61
(1) Contingent Labour includes Interim Managers and Specialist Contractors who fill professional or specialist roles where resource or expertise is not available in-house.

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