To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) consultants and (b) temporary staff her Department employed in each of the last five years; and what the length of contract was for each such person.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
1 February 2016
The table below shows the Department’s budget for each the financial year requested and the total figure spent on temporary agency staff and consultants. The table also shows the percentage of the budget spent on temporary agency staff and consultants.
FY 2015-16 To Dec 2015
Department Total Budget
Total for Contingent Labour and Consultancy
Percentage of Department Budget
The Department publishes data relating to the number of consultants and temporary agency staff each month. This data has been published for 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. The publication page for each of the years published can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-monthly-workforce-management-information
Temporary Agency staff are recruited in line with the Department’s policy, which states that ‘agency workers should be used when there is a need to cover a gap for a short period of up to a maximum of 12 weeks and/or when resources are required quickly.’
The Department publishes data relating to which part of the organisation consultants and temporary agency staff are engaged. Information relating to which directorate they are engaged with is not recorded. This data has been published for 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16. The publication page for each of the years published can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-monthly-workforce-management-information
The Department does not record the equivalent Civil Service salary band for consultants and temporary staff.