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Ministry of Justice: Agency Workers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th October 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, what proportion of staff in (a) each section within his Department and (b) each body overseen by his Department were agency staff in each year for which information is available.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is already published within our annual report and accounts. Staff described as ‘Other’ refer to agency staff, you can find the annual reports at links below.

‘Other’ would include: Clerical/Administrative staff, Interim Managers, Specialist Contractors and Consultants. Definitions are centrally determined and included in the monthly workforce management information report.

MoJ Annual Report and Accounts

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Monthly information on staffing, including agency staffing is published at the link below. Please note the methodology and scope for monthly reports and the annual accounts are different, as such the information contained will not match.

In the Ministry of Justice, most agency staff are in clerical/administrative roles working as part of front-line services in our Executive Agencies, in particular HM Prison & Probation Service and HM Courts & Tribunal Service. Wherever agency staff are used we only seek to so when it is more efficient and cost-effective, saving money for the taxpayer.

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