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Prison Officers: Resignations

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5356, tabled on 12 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many band three to five prison officers left the prison service in each of the last 10 years by ethnicity.

Answered on

26 January 2022

The number of band 3-5 prison officers who left HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) by ethnicity for the past ten years is shown in the table below.

Table 1: Band 3-5 Prison Officer1 leavers to HMPPS by ethnicity2 for the years October to September 2011/12 to 2020/213

Headcount

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

All Ethnic minorities (excluding white minorities) groups

59

132

75

74

68

108

54

121

132

141

Of which:

Asian or Asian British4

13

17

16

18

19

29

16

35

45

50

Black or Black British

22

62

31

32

27

35

17

48

45

41

Other ethnic group

15

32

19

12

13

31

16

28

29

44

Mixed Ethnic Groups

9

21

9

12

9

13

5

10

13

6

White

1,147

2,427

1,413

1,241

1,309

1,325

1,101

1,473

1,525

1,702

Not known / Prefer not to say

106

244

163

176

343

520

1,146

1,272

676

744

Total

1,312

2,803

1,651

1,491

1,720

1,953

2,301

2,866

2,333

2,587

Source: HMPPS - Oracle HRMS and Single Operating Platform

Data Quality and Scope: Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the data collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

Movements due to machinery of Government changes or due to staff transferring to or from the private sector as a result of changes in the management of establishments are not included in these tables.

Notes:

  1. Band 3-5 Officers includes Band 3-4 / Prison Officers (incl specialists), Band 4 / Supervising Officers, and Band 5 / Custodial Managers.
  2. Race is a self-declared, optional field. Since the introduction of Single Operating Platform (SOP) in January 2017, there has been a large decrease in the declaration rates of new joiners to HMPPS. It is likely that the lower declaration rates are due to the user-friendliness issues of SOP when it was first introduced.
  3. Years are 12 months to 30 September i.e. October to September and not financial years.
  4. Includes Chinese.

~ denotes suppressed values of 2 or fewer or other values which would allow values of 2 or fewer to be derived by subtraction. Low numbers are suppressed to prevent disclosure in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2018.