Ministry of Defence: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 28 March 2017.

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Photo of Douglas Chapman Douglas Chapman Scottish National Party, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians are employed directly by his Department; and what progress is being made towards the target of employing no more than 41,000 civilians in that Department by 2020-21.

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

As at 1 January 2017 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian personnel strength (full-time equivalent) stood at 56,170. Full details of the strengths, intake and outflow of all civilian personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence can be found in the Quarterly Civilian Personnel Report, the latest edition of which (1 January 2017) can be found at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-civilian-personnel-quarterly-report-2017.

The Future Defence Civilian Programme is reshaping the MOD Civil Service workforce to focus on its core Civil Servant roles. As part of this transformation, we will seek to optimise the size of the MOD Civil Service, ensuring that we get maximum value for the taxpayer, and, wherever possible, rebalance our investments towards the front line. Our approach to achieving the reductions directed by the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, and the associated financial and headcount spending review targets is being developed to establish a Civil Service that adds maximum value to the Whole Force. This approach has the explicit aim of strengthening our change capability and will be communicated when our plans are finalised.

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