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Prison Service: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) people in operational support grades, (b) prison officers, (c) senior officers and supervising officers and (d) principal officers and custodial managers served in HM prisons in each year since 2000.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The number of band 2 operational support grade staff and band 3 to 5 prison officers employed in HM prisons each year is provided in the table below. Staff in post data is only held since April 2002.

Table 1: Band 2 operational support grade staff and band 3-5 prison officers in post (FTE), in Public Sector prisons1, as at 30 June 2002-20192.

Full time equivalent

Date

Band 2 / Operational Support

Bands 3-4 / Prison Officer (incl. specialists)

Band 4 / Supervising Officer

Band 5 / Custodial Managers

30-Jun-02

6,736

17,911

3,588

1,192

30-Jun-03

7,278

18,356

3,647

1,234

30-Jun-04

7,514

18,758

3,711

1,228

30-Jun-05

7,224

18,905

3,742

1,175

30-Jun-06

7,360

19,174

3,791

1,166

30-Jun-07

7,588

19,416

3,844

1,182

30-Jun-08

8,014

19,650

3,964

1,223

30-Jun-09

7,797

20,102

3,941

1,179

30-Jun-10

7,621

19,837

3,776

902

30-Jun-11

7,293

19,563

3,510

759

30-Jun-12

6,846

18,406

3,291

618

30-Jun-13

6,105

17,083

2,224

1,381

30-Jun-14

4,922

14,623

1,847

1,318

30-Jun-15

4,752

14,988

1,905

1,308

30-Jun-16

4,753

14,556

2,015

1,307

30-Jun-17

4,474

15,283

1,904

1,334

30-Jun-18

4,623

18,021

1,898

1,414

30-Jun-19

4,662

18,535

1,918

1,543

Notes

1. Includes staff who were employed in HM prisons only and does not include those based in HQ, such as officers who are on detached duty with no fixed location, POELT trainers, or staff redeploying from closing establishments who are allocated to an area office in the HR database before being reallocated to a prison in the database.

2. The Ministry of Justice does not centrally hold any data on HMPPS staff before 2002.

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