National Probation Service for England and Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) permanent full-time, (b) temporary full-time and (c) agency staff have been recruited by each National Probation Service Division since 1 June 2014.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) permanent full-time staff, (b) temporary full-time staff, (c) part-time staff, (d) agency staff and (e) consultants have been recruited by the National Probation Service headquarters since 1 June 2014.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) permanent, (b) temporary, (c) agency staff and (d) consultants there were at the headquarters of the National Probation Service on 1 June 2014.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of permanently employed, temporarily employed and staff employed through an agency in the National Probation Service (NPS) working in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) as at 30 June 2014 (the date of the first published NPS staffing information) can be found in the table below.

Table: Number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Permanent, Temporary and Agency National Probation Service in NOMS as at 30 June 2014

Division

Permanent

Temporary

Agency*

Total

London Probation Service

1,190

40

~

1,230

Midlands Probation Service

1,460

10

~

1,470

North East Probation Service

1,520

10

10

1,540

North West Probation Service

1,210

10

~

1,220

South East and Eastern Probation Service

1,220

10

10

1,240

South West and South Central Probation Service

1,070

20

~

1,090

Wales Probation Service

490

10

10

500

Total

8,160

110

110

8,390

*Information as at 1 June

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 in line with the department’s policy for presenting staffing data. Totals are formed from unrounded parts prior to rounding. For this reason, totals may not equal the sum of their rounded parts.

The symbol ~ represents 5 or fewer.

The National Probation Service is part of NOMS: it has no separate headquarters. NOMS headquarters includes NPS staff based there as well as other NOMS staff who provide central support for the NPS. It therefore follows that there were no staff in post or recruits into the NPS headquarters.

Between the 1 June and 30 June 2014, the date of the latest published figures, the number of permanent or temporary staff recruited to the NPS, including any central functions relating to the NPS was five or fewer. In the same period 20 agency staff began working in the operational functions of the NPS.

The NPS and CRCs were resourced to deliver their core duties at the point of transfer to the new structures and will maintain necessary levels through workforce planning to meet future staffing needs.

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