Absenteeism

Home Department written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence in her Department in each of the past five years were; and what the departmental targets were in each case.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Department does not hold information relating to overall rates of staff absence as some staff absences are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The rate of sickness absence in the Home Department in each of the past five years is included in Table 1, together with any sick absence targets.

Table 1: Rates of (b) sickness absence in the Home Office as at 31 July 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and any targets
Period Rate of sickness absence (rolling year average working days lost per staff year) Staff employed in period (FTE)(1) Sick absence target(2)
31 July:      
2009 9.16 26,137 8.00
2010 8.02 30,580 8.00
2011 7.83 28,512 7.50
2012 7.81 26,147 7.50
2013 7.49 26,112
(1 )Information relating to staff employed during the period is included to show how the rate of sick absence compares to the number of staff working in the Department during the same period. This is in line with Cabinet Office guidelines. (2) A statement on the Department's overall sick absence rate is included in each year's Annual Report and Accounts together with any relevant targets. The target included in this response for 2009 and 2010 relate to the Home Office's corporate (headquarters) functions. For 2011 and 2012 the sick absence target relates to UKBA. During 2013-14 the Home Office will be agreeing revised targets for sick absence. Extract dates: 1 August of each year. Periods covered: Data is provided based on a rolling year, i.e. each month end figure includes one year of absences covering the period 1August to 31 July. Organisational coverage: Includes the Home Department and its executive agencies (excluding non-departmental public bodies) for the relevant period: Figures for 31 July 2009: comprise Home Office headquarters and its executive agencies (United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS), and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). Figures for 31 July 2010: comprise Home Office headquarters and its executive agencies (United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS), and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). From 1 April 2010, 4,639 (FTE) ex-HMRC customs and detection employees transferred to the UKBA as part of a Machinery of Government change. Figures for 31 July 2011: comprise Home Office headquarters and its executive agencies (United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS), National Fraud Authority (NFA) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). From 1 April 2011, 95 (FTE) Government Equalities Office employees transferred to Home Office Headquarters and 49 (FTE) National Fraud Authority (NFA) employees transferred to the Home Office, when NFA became an executive agency. Figures for 31 July 2012: comprise Home Office headquarters and its executive agencies (United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS), National Fraud Authority (NFA) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). Figures for 31 July 2013: on 1 April 2013 the Home Office underwent a significant re-structure; UKBA was abolished and its teams were incorporated into the rest of the Home Office. At the same time, IPS was renamed Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO). Figures therefore include the core Home Office (including former headquarters areas as well as the former UKBA areas) and its executive agencies (NFA and HMPO). During the year 508 (FTE) National Policing Improvement (NPIA) employees transferred to core Home Office, 468 (FTE) Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) employees transferred out of the Home Office, when CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become a new NDPB—the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and 107 (FTE) Government Equalities Office employees transferred out of the Home Office, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Employee coverage: Figures are based on FTE of all paid civil servants employed during the rolling year (current and leavers). Transparency agenda considerations: Figures are provided in line with Cabinet Office guidelines and conventions on sickness absence reporting. Rounding: Data is provided to two decimal places and is therefore subject to rounding. Source: Data View—the Home Office's single source of Office for National Statistics compliant monthly snapshot corporate Human Resources data.

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