National Offender Management Service and Prison and Probation Service: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th March 2022.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) staff in total and (b) full-time equivalent staff were employed in the headquarters of (a) HMPPS and NOMS and (b) area services in each year since 2010.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister for Afghan resettlement

The number of staff in post in HMPPS HQ and Area Services each year since 2010 can be found below in table 1 (headcount) and table 2 (full time equivalent).

Table 1: HMPPS HQ and Area Services staff in post1, by financial year as at 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (Headcount)

Headcount

HMPPS HQ2,3

Area Services3

Total

31-Mar-2010

3,718

609

4,327

31-Mar-2011

2,329

916

3,245

31-Mar-2012

1,526

1,271

2,797

31-Mar-2013

1,182

1,267

2,449

31-Mar-2014

1,199

1,384

2,583

31-Mar-2015

1,447

1,464

2,911

31-Mar-2016

1,785

1,658

3,443

31-Mar-2017

2,072

1,604

3,676

31-Mar-2018

2,139

1,574

3,713

31-Mar-2019

2,471

1,694

4,165

31-Mar-2020

3,752

1,677

5,429

31-Mar-2021

4,150

1,709

5,859

31-Dec-2021

4,352

1,826

6,178

Table 2: HMPPS HQ and Area Services staff in post1, by financial year as at 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (full time equivalent)

Full Time Equivalent

HMPPS HQ2,3

Area Services3

Total

31-Mar-2010

3,556

590

4,146

31-Mar-2011

2,235

883

3,118

31-Mar-2012

1,462

1,174

2,636

31-Mar-2013

1,125

1,173

2,298

31-Mar-2014

1,164

1,281

2,444

31-Mar-2015

1,412

1,378

2,789

31-Mar-2016

1,731

1,604

3,335

31-Mar-2017

2,019

1,545

3,563

31-Mar-2018

2,090

1,511

3,601

31-Mar-2019

2,406

1,627

4,033

31-Mar-2020

3,578

1,609

5,187

31-Mar-2021

3,914

1,642

5,557

31-Dec-2021

4,119

1,753

5,872

  1. As with all HR databases, extracts are taken at a fixed point in time, to ensure consistency of reporting. However the database itself is dynamic and where updates to the database are made late, subsequent to the taking of the extract, these updates will not be reflected in figures produced by the extract. For this reason, HR data are unlikely to be precisely accurate.
  2. In June 2010 approximately 1,500 NOMS HQ staff transferred to the central Ministry of Justice.
  3. In April 2017 certain corporate functions were moved out of HMPPS HQ and Area services to the central Ministry of Justice under functional leadership changes.

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