Department for Work and Pensions: Information Officers

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of his 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 Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested for 2007 to 2013 could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The table below shows the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for staff working in the Communications Directorate for the last three years. The FTE provided in the table below is for staff who are communication specialists working on a variety of activities such as external engagement, strategic communications, internal communications, media and campaigns. An average FTE figure has been provided for each financial year.

The FTE figures provided include 10 staff who are not communications specialists. The total staff costs are included in the table.

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

FTE

179

160.77

158.67

Staff Costs

£8,223,000

£7,135,224

£7,295,616

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