Department for International Development: Working Hours

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much time off in lieu has been taken by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID works on a flexible working hours scheme, which allows staff to build up a credit of time which can be used to take time off (flexi-leave). To compensate for working extra hours, staff may be paid overtime or take time off in lieu.

The below table shows all flexi leave recorded for each of the last 5 years, from July 2014 to June 2019. This data includes only full days or half days and not shorter timespans (e.g. a couple of hours), and it cannot be determined that all flexi leave taken has been recorded.

Time frame

No. of flexi days recorded

Jul 14 to Jun 15


Jul 15 to Jun 16


Jul 16 to Jun 17


Jul 17 to Jun 18


Jul 18 to Jun 19




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