HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) directly and (b) non-directly employed HMCTS staff are currently (i) working from home, (ii) furloughed or (iii) attending the workplace, by grade; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Conservative, Epsom and Ewell

Our workforce is working in exceptional circumstances to keep the justice system running. We are committed to supporting our key worker staff by enabling them to work from home, work flexible hours or maintain social distancing in a physical location.

HMCTS has 18,973 staff (including permanent, Fixed Term Contract and Agency and Contractors) of which, as at 13 May 2020 a) the number of directly employed staff in HMCTS who are furloughed is Zero (i) 5293 staff (28%) are working from home (ii) 8303 staff (43%) are attending the workplace.

The number of non-directly employed agency HMCTS staff as at 30 Apr 2020 is 2383 of which 753 agency workers are currently fully/part furloughed. There are 495 agency workers who are fully furloughed. Therefore, of the overall agency headcount we have 38.3% of the overall agency headcount either fully/part furloughed and the fully furloughed equates to 20.77% of the overall agency headcount are furloughed.

We do not distinguish between our agency and directly employed staff in our data collection so the agency figures for working from home and attending the workplace are included in the overall figures provided above

We have also provided a breakdown of staff working from home by grade, however, we are not able to provide the same breakdown by grade for those attending the workplace. This is because our data collection is by exception rather than on all staff; i.e. we record the details of staff who fall into specific categories of work such as working from home or absence and then calculate the number attending the workplace by deducting all of the various work and absence categories from our overall headcount figure. Please note that all data provided is administrative data.

Admin Data - Working from Home by Grade as at 13 May 2020

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Working from Home Headcount

% of total Working From Home




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Band C (& Fast Streamers)



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Band F



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