Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Labour Turnover

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Institute for Government report of January 2019 entitled Moving On: The costs of high staff turnover in the civil service, for what reasons his Department has the second highest proportion of staff who left compared to other Departments in 2017-18.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

In 2017-18 374 departmental staff moved on under the Institute for Government definition of ‘turnover’. Staff who have left a specific Department for a period of non-permanent interchange are included in this measure.

The report published by the Institute for Government highlights that staff are moving between Departments more frequently. This type of movement is prevalent in the Department where almost 60 per cent of leavers during 2017-18 moved between Departments and not out of the Civil Service permanently. The table shown below details the total number of people leaving the Department during 2017-18 and the basis on which they left.

MHCLG Leavers in Period


as %

Retirement, Resignation, Dismissal* and other Exits**



End of Contract



Permanent Transfer to Other Department



End of Inward Loan



Outward Loan to Other Department






This Department and the Civil Service offer varied and exciting career opportunities, and we aim to empower people to construct career plans at each stage of their working life. It is a positive step that colleagues experience different parts of the Civil Service and we become a more permeable organisation; facilitating the exchange of skills, experience and knowledge.

The Department has also greatly benefitted from the Civil Service workforce model and experience of people joining from other Departments, with over 200 of appointments made during 2017-18 being made on either a permanent transfer or loan basis.

The Department is unable to make further comment on its position relative to other Departments as the number of officials leaving each Department, and on what basis, is not presented in the report’s findings.

*The number of dismissals in each year is too small to disclose and as such is presented alongside those resigning from the Department and retiring from work

**Other Exits includes people leaving under voluntary exit arrangements

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