Defence Equipment and Support: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vacant civilian staff full-time equivalent posts Defence Equipment and Support has backfilled with contractors or contingent labour in each of the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of those arrangements.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Contingent labour is only used for instances where Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) does not have the specialist skills it needs in-house, or for urgent requirements where normal recruitment activities would not fill the post in time with a civilian or military employee.

The cost and average number of contingent labour personnel used by DE&S in each of the last three financial years is shown in the table below.

Year

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

Cost (£ million)

27.8

42.6

27.1

Average number (Full time equivalent)

254

358

292

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