Government Departments: Personnel Management

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the benchmark is for human resources costs per employee in central Government Departments.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

holding answer 13 January 2014

At 30 September 2013, the year to date cost for HR across Government Departments was £623 per employee. The year to date cost comprises the first two quarters of 2013-14 and the final two of 2012-13, divided by the headcount as at 30 September 2013.

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.

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