The total cost of HR was £259 million against the original 2009 baseline of £524 million, a total saving of £265 million. The cost of HR for central Government has thus fallen by 51% since before the last general election. The comparison is like for like and uses Cabinet Office common areas of spend definitions to specify HR staff and non-staff costs.
To achieve this overall cost reduction Departments were given a ‘graduated ambition’ setting different expectations based on their size, type and complexity. These ranged from £590 per employee for the largest Departments to £1,280 for the smallest.