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Government Departments: Temporary Employment

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the use of the Swedish Derogation in the Agency Workers Directive for staff working in Government Departments; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The circumstances in which Departments choose to engage agency workers, and the agencies used, is a matter for individual Departments to determine.

The Agency Workers Regulations are respected by all departments. However, where agency workers are permanently employed by an agency, contractual arrangements are a matter between the individual and the agency concerned.

Central Government spending on temporary staff has been reduced by stringent spending controls and has contributed to a saving over £1.6 billion in 2012-13 compared to the level of spending in 2009-10.

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