To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what change there has been in staffing levels in his Department since June 2016.
The Department’s workforce statistics are published on a quarterly basis by the Office for National Statistics as part of its Quarterly Public Sector Employment estimates. Data for the two quarters in question, June 2016 and June 2018 (latest available quarterly release) can be viewed and obtained via the following link: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/publicsectoremploymentreferencetable (table 9) in the attached xlsx files for the dates in question.
At the end of June 2016 the Department employed a reported 1420 full-time equivalent staff in comparison with 1760 full-time equivalent staff at the end of June 2018. Please note that these figures are roundest to the nearest ten at the point of release and do not include the Department’s Executive Agencies or NDPBs. The difference between the two reported numbers represents a 24 per cent increase in staffing levels during the period in question. It is important to note that In March 2010 there were 2109 full-time equivalent staff working in the Department.
Please note that the numbers reported to ONS are based on directly employed officials where the Department bears at least 50 per cent of salary costs through its payroll. Staff employed directly by the Department who are on an unpaid leave of absence or paid on a reimbursed basis are not included in management information published on GOV.UK and supplied to ONS.