Staff - numbers (2015)

Request

  • In total how many people are employed at the House of Commons?
  • Approximate numbers of staff in each department/office in the House of Commons?
  • How many autistic people are employed at the House of Commons?

 

Response

  • In total how many people are employed at the House of Commons?

At the end of January 2015, the headcount of the number of people employed by the House of Commons was 2,040, with a full time equivalent of 1,776.4.

  • Approximate numbers of staff in each department/office in the House of Commons?

The House of Commons already publishes organograms of the following departments of the House Service:

    Office of the Chief Executive
    Information Services
    Facilities
    HR and Change
    Finance
    Chamber and Committee Services (includes a breakdown for the Overseas Office)


This information is updated annually in May and is available on the parliamentary website.

Information about the membership of the House of Commons Commission is available on the Commission’s web pages.

Information about the membership of the House of Commons Executive Committee is available on the parliamentary website.

These documents do not present the Speaker’s Office as a distinct area, however, I can confirm that the number of staff who work in the Speaker's Office is 8.

You also asked to know the approximate number of ‘major staff’ (excluding non-administrative positions) in each department. Staff of the House of Commons are not identified by administrative or non-administrative positions, but are employed in pay grades broadly similar to the Civil Service. Staff of pay grade A or above are generally considered to be senior staff. Details of staff pay grades are also contained in the organograms mentioned above.

The House of Commons Commission is made up of Members of Parliament and the Management Board is comprised of Departmental Directors and two external non-executive Board Members. There are 4 staff of pay grade A or above who work in the Speaker's Office.

  • How many autistic people are employed at the House of Commons?

Information about the number of autistic people employed is not held by the House of Commons. Diversity monitoring information is provided by staff voluntarily and in confidence.  The percentage of House staff who have declared a disability is 4%.

However, it may help you to know that the House of Commons Service is committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, where everyone feels valued. A priority area of our Diversity and Inclusion Scheme 2012-15 was ‘ensuring access and inclusion’. This had a particular focus on the inclusion of disabled people, both employees and visitors, and the better sharing of information regarding specific and supportive facilities available. In relation to autistic staff, these include:

    ParliAble, parliament’s workplace equality network in support of disabled issues. ParliAble works to increase awareness and appreciation of disability issues on the Parliamentary estate, to provide a platform where disabled people can find support, and where disability equality objectives can be progressed. The committee has organised events to raise awareness of autism, such as ‘Perspectives on Autism’ with a keynote speech from the Rt Hon. John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. ParliAble also works on improving internal policies and act as a signposting service to staff and management;
    Workshops to assist staff in understanding how best to support people on the autism spectrum;
    Guidance on the intranet on managing and supporting people with autism.