Wandsworth Prison

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of The Bishop of Southwark The Bishop of Southwark Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison staff at bands 3 to 5 were assigned to Her Majesty's Prison Wandsworth; and how many vacancies there were in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The number of band 3-5 prison staff at HMP Wandsworth as at 30 September 2016 and as at 30 September 2017 is provided in the table below:

Table 1: Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) bands 3 to 5 staff working at HMP Wandsworth, as at 30 September 2016 and as at 30 September 2017


FTE as at 30 September 2016

FTE as at 30 September 2017

Bands 3-5*



*Includes staff in operational and non-operational band 3 to 5 grades. These figures for 30 September 2016 and 30 September 2017 can also be found in the in:

  • Table 12 of the NOMS workforce statistics bulletin at the following link:


  • Table 12 of the HMPPS workforce statistics bulletin at the following link:


Staff shortfalls (ie. vacancies) previously presented in NOMS/HMPPS workforce statistics have been based on the difference between staff benchmarks and staff in post figures. However, staff benchmarks previously in place are no longer in use and are being replaced by new target staffing levels under the new Offender Management in custody model. At present, the target staffing levels are not sufficiently developed and work is ongoing in order to further develop these.

The last set of published benchmark levels and staff shortfalls, as at 31 March 2017, showed that there was a shortfall of 38 full time equivalent band 3-5 prison staff at HMP Wandsworth. This information forms part of the table 14 at the following link:


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