Prison Service

Justice written question – answered on 13th May 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers left Prison Service employment within (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years of becoming an officer in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Information on the number of prison officers who left employment within the first two years of joining public sector prisons in England and Wales in 2009 to 2013 is contained in the following table.

Headcount of officers leaving public sector prison service in England and Wales within (a) 6 months, (b) 1 year, (c) 2 years 2009-13
  Officers leaving within 6 months Officers leaving within 1 year1 Officers leaving within 2 year1
2009 40 100 190
2010 30 60 130
2011 20 50 90
2012 20 40 80
2013 20 50
1 Figures are cumulative i.e. the number leaving within one year includes those leaving within 6 months.

Officer numbers, which are derived from a dynamic administrative system, have been rounded to the nearest 10 to reflect the level of uncertainty in the figures.

It is not possible to provide figures for privately contracted prisons with the time available. This is because information on leavers is held not held centrally and is only available from the individual contractors. This information has been requested and I will write to you again when it is available.

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