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FOI 4372

Agency Staff

Request

I am writing to you seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act about the amount your council has spent on agency staff over the past four years.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information in the following format:

1. The number of staff hired on short term contracts (12 months or less or rolling contracts for periods longer than 12 months) in each of the past four financial years and the current financial year to date. 

2. The total cost of agency staff and separately the total cost of fees paid to recruitment agents firms or similar for the past four financial years and the current year to date. Please also provide a list of the names of the recruitment firms used by the council during each of the years and a breakdown of the total fees paid to each firm. 

3. A breakdown of the cost of the ten highest paid agency staff including the date they were first hired, job title, total pay, monthly pay and agency fees associated with each worker. Please also include the names of any companies which were paid in lieu of services provided by any of these agency workers. Again please provide this information for the past four financial years and the current year to date.  

Response

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding Brentwood Borough Council’s spend on agency staff over the past four years.
The information that you require is as follows:
1. Temp Contracts – Salaried staff
2008/09 - 27
2009/10 - 15
2010/11 - 21
2011/12 - 35
2012 Mar – July - 12
These totals include fixed term contracts and extended fixed term contracts
Agency Staff – Town Hall
2008/9 - 18
2009/10 - 22
2010/11 - 13
2011/12 - 15
Agency Staff – Depot
Parks - Approx 18 each year
Refuse 2011/12 - 25
Streetcare 2011/12 - 0
Housing 2011/12 - 2
We do not have records available for depot appointments back further than 2011/12.

2. Agency staff
08/09
ADECCO UK LTD 191,280.92
ARTHUR RECRUITMENT LTD 393.31
C DYER 24,750.00
CIPFA 99,110.00
MORGAN LAW 9,813.60
ORIEL SUPPORT 43,182.00
Total - 368,529.83
09/10
ACUITY LIMITED 16,800.00
ADECCO RECRUITMENT LTD 8,452.72
ALLEN LANE LTD 7,800.00
ARTHUR RECRUITMENT LTD 316.24
CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 347,579.74 - Fees 28,097.91
CASH FRIDAY 42,512.50
CIPFA BUSINESS LTD 31,777.50
CIPFA 7,312.76
GILLARD REID CONSULTING LTD 6,000.00
HAMMOND HILLMAN LTD 707.79
ACC & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONS. LTD 44,650.00
MORGAN LAW 98,736.19
ORIEL SUPPORT 65,353.40
PUBLIC SECTOR CONSULTANTS 35,457.70
Total: 713,456.54 Fees total: 28,097.91
10/11
ALLEN LANE LTD 42,780.00 - Fees 2,400.00
CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 796,975.82
CASH FRIDAY 48,708.49
GILLARD REID CONSULTING LTD 47,394.00
HAMMOND HILLMAN LTD 48.00
MACDONALD & CO LTD 4,768.72
ACC & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONS. LTD 8,450.00
MORGAN LAW 79,591.27
ORIEL SUPPORT 41,307.12
PUBLIC SECTOR CONSULTANTS 28,200.00
SECTOR STAFFING LTD 19,293.75
SHERWINS LTD 6,058.00
Total - 1,123,575.17 Fees total - 2,400.00

11/12
ALLEN LANE LTD 12,000.00
CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 379,326.87
CASH FRIDAY 51,147.64
GILLARD REID CONSULTING LTD 80,750.00
HUDSON GLOBAL RESOURCES LTD 4,400.00
LOCAL STAFF HIRE 4,464.08
MORGAN LAW 76,767.76
ORIEL SUPPORT 32,799.45
PUBLIC SECTOR CONSULTANTS 123,244.57
SECTOR STAFFING LTD 185,152.10
SYNERGY 8,659.50
Total - 946,711.97 Fees total - 12,000.00

12/13
CAPITAL PUBLIC SECTOR 1,995.00
CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 25,991.06
CIPFA BUSINESS LTD 25,440.00
EDEN BROWN LTD 7,135.50
GILLARD REID CONSULTING LTD 3,800.00
HUDSON GLOBAL RESOURCES LTD 100,771.86
LOCAL STAFF HIRE 4,572.93
LTL PROJECT SERVICES LTD 17,875.00
MORGAN LAW 30,569.86
PLAN B MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS 5,440.50
PUBLIC SECTOR CONSULTANTS 5,050.00
SECTOR STAFFING LTD 119,778.08
SELLICK PARTNERSHIP GROUP LTD 4,475.10
SUBBIANO MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS LTD 24,900.00
SYNERGY 4,588.08
TEAM SUPPORT STAFF LTD 1,017.56
Total - 383,400.53

3. Please find attached a spreadsheet detailing the information you have requested. With regard to the agency fees, I have been advised that the Council receives invoices that show a daily rate for each member of staff. The agency fee is included in this; not shown separately at all.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for this authority is set at £450.
In order for us to provide with accurate information on the scale you have requested, we would need to search through manual files of invoices. We cannot rely on computerised records as not all interims would be included in a search of the relevant expenditure codes.

We estimate that it will take us in excess of the applicable time limit to determine the appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the information in reference to your request. Therefore, your request will not be processed further.