Ministry of Justice: Overtime

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department paid in overtime payments to (a) directly employed and (b) agency staff in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Responses to the two parts of the questions are as follows:

Part (a) - At this point it cannot be determined if the full data set for directly employed staff is available. The reason for this is because in Feb 2017 MOJ rationalised its payrolls and moved to a new payroll system (known as SOP), so any prior year’s data, if available, would need to be sourced from legacy systems. To do this would require raising requests with several legacy suppliers who could then determine if the data was available. The cost of doing this would be disproportionate. Only data for the following financial periods are available. This data covers the MOJ group:

- February 2017 - March 2017 - £18,418,976

- April 2017 – March 2018 - £103,919,954

- April 2018 – March 2019 - £93,402,051

- April 2019 - June 2019 - £21,944,613

The average number of employees throughout the above periods was:

- In 2017 - 71,000

- In 2018 – 72,000

- In 2019 – 76,000

It should also be noted that there are many reasons why someone may get paid overtime, for example, in prisons for carrying out bedwatch or dealing with incidents of unrest. All of these elements have been included in the above figures.

Part (b) – This data is not available because MOJ engage agency staff via third party providers such as Brook Street, and these staff are not on the MOJ payroll and therefore details of any overtime paid are not held by MOJ. MOJ pay for these individuals, who are generally charged out at an hourly rate, via invoice.

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