Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th 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 Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on accountants in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The estimated spend on accountants by the Department for Work and Pensions for each year since 2010 is as follows:

  Estimated spend (£ million) Number of accountants
31 March 2010 20.2 309
31 March 2011 20.9 343
31 March 2012 17.9 301
31 March 2013 19.0 311

The figures relate to the number of qualified accountants directly employed by the Department and paid against an accountancy pay scale (grades HEO to grade 6 excluding the senior civil service).

The estimated spend is the cost to the Department comprising actual base salary inclusive of superannuation and employer's national insurance contributions. The figures are based on information as at 31 March. The figures for 31 March 2013 include the Child Maintenance Group.

Accountants are 0.7% of the pay bill and 0.3% of staff in post.

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