Prison Officers: Recruitment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much (a) his Department (b) Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and (c) the National Offender Management Service has spent on prison officer recruitment in each year since 2010.

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

The delivery model for prison officer recruitment in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and formerly, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), has changed several times since 2010 to align with business need. This has spanned local, regional and centralised management of campaigns, as well as the current blended approach of central and local management, with recruitment costs delegated across roles in individual prisons, regional delivery areas, centralised teams and contracted suppliers.

Therefore, we do not hold complete figures in each year since 2010 as this information is held in a number of different areas and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. We have included spend for centralised prison officer campaigns since 2019/20.

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