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Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Overtime

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has paid to staff in overtime in each of the last 24 months.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Sums paid to Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) staff for overtime for the last 24 months, for which figures are available, were as follows:

£000s

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2014

-

5.1

10.9

2.6

6.8

4.3

7.3

23.7

7.0

7.1

3.7

10.8

2015

2.2

3.9

28.0

6.2

31.0

5.8

4.3

8.3

6.6

4.3

8.6

7.1

2016

6.3

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

DCMS is the smallest government department, with 509 full time equivalent (FTE) permanent employees (as of 31 January 2016). Overtime is a cost-effective way of managing peaks in workload in order to reduce the need for contractors or adding to the department's headcount. Annual expenditure on overtime accounts for just under 0.3% of the DCMS paybill.

DCMS has responsibility for high profile policy, which includes staging national First World War commemoration events - this is reflected in our overtime figures for August 2014 and May 2015.

Recent machinery of government changes has also seen DCMS take on additional policy areas, including the digital economy unit, digital inclusion, data protection, the sponsorship of the National Archives and the Information Commissioner. The figure for March 2015 reflects the addition of the 2014-15 total overtime cost for the Digital Economy Unit following its Machinery of Government transfer to DCMS; monthly analysis of this sum is not available.

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