To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years; how many people have been so employed; what the length of contract of each such person was; and what equivalent civil service salary band each was on.
This Government's tough spending controls have helped ensure substantial reductions in central Government spend on consultancy and contingent labour. Our 2013/14 spend was an astonishing 57% lower than spend in 2009/10 in the last year of the previous Government.
Since the 2010 General Election, all use of contractors, consultants and temporary interims in my department has to be approved centrally. This was not the case under previous administrations.
Information on temporary staff and contingent labour expenditure for 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2010-to-2011.