Conditions of Employment

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance, Belfast East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department have been on (a) fixed-term and (b) permanent contracts in each of the last five years.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The table shows the number and proportion of staff on fixed term and permanent contracts as recorded on our HR system on 31 March each year, in each of the last five years.

  Fixed term Permanent
  Number Percentage Number Percentage
2009 37 0.8 4,788 99
2010 67 1.3 4,796 96.1
2011 41 0.9 4,638 96.9
2012 34 0.7 4,489 98.1
2013 33 0.7 4,693 97

We have taken permanent contracts to be Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) home civil servants and diplomatic staff and inward secondments from other civil service bodies.

We also have a small number of staff that do not fit into either category, such as secondees from other Ministries of Foreign Affairs and fee paid officers recruited for specific roles.

We have not included locally engaged staff as this would require us to contact each of our missions overseas and would incur disproportionate costs.

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