Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Information Officers

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in her Department are employed in media relations and communications roles; and how much was spent on the salaries of such staff members in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There are 61 full time equivalent staff currently employed in Defra’s communications directorate, which includes internal communications, digital communications, speechwriting, public information campaigns, communications strategy and media relations. The estimated pay cost for communications staff for the past ten years is listed below. This cost includes salaries, National Insurance and pension contributions. This amount has fluctuated as the composition of the communications directorate within Defra has changed over time in response to departmental priorities.

Year

FTE

Total Pay £

2006/07

161

9,105,815

2007/08

118

6,741,240

2008/09

117

6,751,627

2009/10

118

6,878,114

2010/11

115

6,770,956

2011/12

101

6,006,733

2012/13

110

6,608,068

2013/14

105

6,371,415

2014/15

99

6,068,014

2015/16

55

3,405,171

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