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Employment Agencies

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff working in his Department are employed through agencies using the Swedish Derogation; how many staff receive less than the living wage; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills uses two preferred suppliers from a central Government framework for the supply of temporary agency staff. All the temporary agency staff supplied by those suppliers have a direct relationship with the respective agency and not with an umbrella company.

There is no universally agreed definition of the living wage. Therefore we cannot make this assessment.

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