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Government Departments: Consultants

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 2479, tabled on 16 May 2022

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many external consultants have been hired by each Government department since 2020; and what the cost to the public purse has been of those consultants in each of those years.

Answered on

24 May 2022

Government Departments draw on the advice of external specialists for a range of services. Consultancy includes staff who provide objective advice relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation and may include the identification of options with recommendations.

The Consultancy Playbook was published in May 2021 alongside the Sourcing Playbook, to provide additional guidance when sourcing consultancy services. This supports our agenda to commission and engage with consultants more effectively, achieving better outcomes, better value for money, and improved civil service capability through the transferral of knowledge and skills.

Consultancy is bought as a service, not by the number of individuals required, therefore the number of consultants hired is not held centrally. Consultancy spend, including ALB spend, is published in departmental annual reports and accounts and is reproduced below.

Department

2019/20

2020/21

BEIS

55,700,000

137,300,000

CO

38,841,000

79,779,000

DCMS

32,900,000

46,100,000

DFE

12,700,000

8,700,000

DEFRA

33,299,000

36,337,000

DFT

168,390,654

175,720,840

DHSC

290,206,000

485,997,000

DIT

897,000

5,782,000

DWP

28,500,000

29,000,000

FCDO

2,936,902

2,742,044

HMRC

1,700,000

8,600,000

HMT

18,000,000

17,000,000

HO

33,700,000

32,402,000

MHCLG

5,229,000

20,148,000

MOD

134,627,000

109,668,000

MOJ

14,962,000

15,742,000

Answered by

Cabinet Office