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Contracted staff (2019)

Request

  1. The total amount of money spent on catering, cleaning, security and maintenance staff not directly employed by yourselves but contracted to provide services through an agency, and would be considered outsourced workers, in each of the following financial years: 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, broken down by 12-month period.
  2. A breakdown by ethnicity of the total number of outsourced staff in each of the above mentioned areas.
  3. The names of the companies which provide said services.
  4. The year in which each of the above services were outsourced.


Response

You have asked the House of Commons for information relating to ‘outsourced workers', which we have sought to answer below.  Please note that we have interpreted your request to be for details of agency staff.

  1. The total amount of money spent on catering, cleaning, security and maintenance staff not directly employed by yourselves but contracted to provide services through an agency, and would be considered outsourced workers, in each of the following financial years: 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, broken down by 12-month period.
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. 
    Details of the costs of agency staff for catering, maintenance and security
    We have also provided the cost of agency staff employed by the Parliamentary Security Department.  This has been split into security staff costs and the cost of temporary staff and consultants used to carry out temporary security project work.
    Please also note that much of the maintenance and all of the cleaning is contracted out to specialist third party contractors.  The House does not hold a record of any agency staff used by those contractors.
  2. A breakdown by ethnicity of the total number of outsourced staff in each of the above mentioned areas.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons.  We do not record the ethnicity of agency staff working for the House.
  3. The names of the companies which provide said services.
    This information is held by the House of Commons. 
    The companies used by the House to provide agency staff services.
  4. The year in which each of the above services were outsourced.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons.  The House has not sourced these company's services separately, rather they were sourced from a Framework Agreement which commenced in July 2015 and was managed by the Crown Commercial Service to provide agency staff to the public sector.