Revenue and Customs

Treasury written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in each area of its activity HM Revenue and Customs expects to retire in each year between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC does not operate a fixed retirement age policy and does not know when individuals will choose to retire. HMRC uses a statistical model to forecast likely levels of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff retirements based on historic data. The latest forecast for each of HMRC's lines of business is shown in table 1.

Table 1: Forecast FTE reductions due to retirement and early retirement
Retirements and early retirements by line of business(1) 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Enforcement and Compliance 450 490 520
Personal Tax 320 330 340
Corporate Services 80 80 90
Benefits and Credits 60 70 70
Business Tax 60 70 70
(1) Forecasts are rounded to the nearest 10 FTE

These results exclude staff who have reduced their working hours as part of a partial retirement arrangement.

Current plans are for Enforcement and Compliance FTEs to rise to a total of around 28,000 during 2014-15 before reducing again through natural wastage to around 25,700 by end 2015-16 as part of our overall efficiency commitments.

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