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Ministry of Defence: Overtime

Ministry of Defence 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 Defence, how much his Department has paid to staff in overtime in each of the last 24 months.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The payment of overtime is permitted where a Ministry of Defence (MOD) employee below the Senior Civil Service is required to work beyond conditioned hours or on days that they would not normally be required to work. There has been a conscious effort to reduce overtime costs in the MOD, line managers must scrutinise overtime and encourage time off in lieu as an alternative. As a guiding principle, overtime should only be granted when taken in direct support of current operations, it is of essential business resilience, or when posts require routinely long hours and time off in lieu no longer represents a realistic alternative.

A summary of the amount of MOD expenditure on overtime payments in the last 24 months is shown below.

Month

£ million

March 2014

3.550

April 2014

5.990

May 2014

4.908

June 2014

7.172

July 2014

5.560

August 2014

5.744

September 2014

5.305

October 2014

7.050

November 2014

6.378

December 2014

5.416

January 2015

4.820

February 2015

6.726

March 2015

3.895

April 2015

5.018

May 2015

6.605

June 2015

6.039

July 2015

6.481

August 2015

6.313

September 2015

4.603

October 2015

2.424

November 2015

5.252

December 2015

6.576

January 2016

4.447

February 2016

6.232

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