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Jobcentres: Recruitment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 89706, tabled on 14 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work coach (a) recruitment campaigns and (b) hires there were in each of the last 12 months.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

18 September 2020

The table shows by month the number of recruitment campaigns launched in that month and the number of hires. The hires link to recruitment campaigns launched in earlier months. In the 12 months from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 the Department has run 30 work coach recruitment campaigns, these are a mixture of large scale campaigns across regions and much smaller targeted campaigns in specific locations. The number of hires to date from these campaigns is shown by month in the table below.

In line with standard departmental practice in statistics, we do not publish details of numbers less than 5, or where individuals might otherwise be identified in the data, as this would breach our data protection obligations.

All departmental recruitment activity (apart from that to bring in new administrative officers) was suspended as part of our immediate COVID response from March through to June to ensure maximum supply to process benefit claims.

Month

Recruitment Campaigns

Number of Hires

2019

Sep

3

Less than 5

Oct

6

30

Nov

58

Dec

74

2020

Jan

3

533

Feb

1

160

Mar

2

62

Apr

Less than 5

May

0

Jun

4

10

Jul

11

61

Aug

374

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