Employment Agencies

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department has received assurance from the agencies providing contract staff that they do not use the Swedish Derogation for employees they place with DECC and that no members of staff are earning less than the London or national living wage guidelines.

Facilities management and catering services are provided to DECC through contracts managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). There are 21 staff based primarily in DECC buildings working for the facilities management contractor and six working for the catering contractor who receive less than the London living wage.

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