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Department for Education: Staff

Question for Department for Education

UIN 22889, tabled on 18 January 2016

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.

Answered on

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 2010-11

FY 2011-12

FY 2012-13

FY 2013-14

FY 2014-15

FY 2015-16 To Dec 2015

Department Total Budget

£58,242.15m

£56,407.12m

£57,956.19m

£57,094.72m

£59,483.69m

£55,874.16m

Total for Contingent Labour and Consultancy

£36.07m

£10.18m

£7.60m

£10.27m

£16.36m

£16.44m

Percentage of Department Budget

0.06%

0.02%

0.01%

0.02%

0.03%

0.03%

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.

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