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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of a salary; and if he will publish his policy on such payments.
The Department’s policy is that salaries are paid into employees’ bank accounts.
Some agency workers are deployed to provide short-term cover for absence or as specialist contractors providing specific expertise that is not available in-house and in these cases, payments may be made to limited companies in lieu of a salary.
There are currently three senior staff (senior civil service level) working in the Department on an agency basis, one in DWP and two in the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, who are paid via Capita Resourcing Ltd. Capita Resourcing Ltd provides a managed service under contract for the supply of contingent labour to DWP and other Government Departments.
In the Office for Nuclear Regulation, an internal agency of the Health and Safety Executive, two senior staff are paid by means of payments to limited companies in lieu of a salary.