Employment Agencies

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department have been employed through employment or recruitment agencies in each year since 2010-11.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The department has used employment or recruitment agencies to:

a) provide services for DWP under a commercial arrangement (contingent labour), and b) support recruitment exercises; identifying people with the skills and experience required to take up permanent employment in the department.

Information held by the department on the use of employment or recruitment agencies to provide contingent labour workers is incomplete for 2014. The following table provides information for the preceding 4 years and a partial view for 2014.

Year

Headcount

2010/11

276

2011/12

159

2012/13

249

2013/14

111

2014/15

63

The department also has information on the number of permanent DWP employees recruited through the use of employment or recruitment agencies and this is as follows:-

Year

Headcount

2010/11

1

2011/12

2

2012/13

19

2013/14

5

2014/15¹

9

Note:

¹ To date

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