We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000, for the following:
The numbers and total cost of interims, contractors agency staff and consultants in each of the last three financial years.
We released the following information on 29 October 2010 covering the total Home Office including executive agencies (Criminal Records Bureau, Identity and Passport Service and UK Border Agency):
a) Contingent labour numbers
The numbers of contingent labour (contractors, interim managers and agency staff) for 2007/08 and 2008/09 are published in Table 5.7 Home Office Departmental Report 2009 which may be accessed at the link: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100418065544/http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/ho-annual-report-09/
A breakdown of numbers by discrete types of contingent labour was not retained.
The numbers of contingent labour staff for 2009/10 were: 416 contractors/interim managers and 576 agency staff.
b) Contingent labour expenditure
Contingent labour expenditure for 2007/08 was £69m and for 2008/09 £56m.
Contingent labour expenditure for 2009/10 was: contractors/interim managers £80.7m and agency staff £13m.
c) Consultancy expenditure
Consultancy expenditure for 2007/08 and 2008/09 has previously been released through answers to parliamentary questions (PQs). Please access published Hansard record via the link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090720/text/90720w0044.htm#09072117000323
The Answer to PQ HOC4507 of 6 July 513 col201W from James Gray accessed at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm100706/text/100706w0003.htm gave the Home Office’s 2009/10 (financial year) consultancy expenditure of £73m. Additionally consultancy expenditure for the Executive Agencies was £71m for 2009/10 providing a Departmental total of £144m.