Agency Staff Overspend

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the most recent MOPAC Monthly Report it was stated there was a £11.1 million overspend on Police Staff. Within this overspend please can you provide the details of:

i)                   Exactly how much of this overspend went on agency staff?

ii)                 Of this spend on agency staff, how much was spent on individual consultants?

iii)               What was the average cost of advisory consultants per hour and what was the average length of employment?

iv)              A breakdown of the agency staff costs organised by department or command.

v)                 The number of staff who were previously hired by the MPS, who were then hired back through an agency.


Answer for Agency Staff Overspend

Answer for Agency Staff Overspend

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The answer to each of your questions is as follows:


  1. It is not possible to allocate an element of the £11.1m overspend to agency staff because we do not budget separately for agency staff.

  2. The budget for consultancy contracts is held within the Supplies and Services budget. However the £19m spent on agency staff in 2014/15 may have included the cost of individual consultancy. 

  3.  Consultancy contracts are not let on a 'payment by the hour' basis, but let on 'payment by deliverable', i.e. we do not pay hourly rates for consultancy services (or staff), we pay for the delivery of specific pieces of work.

  4. The £19m spend in respect of Agency Staff in 2014/15 breaks down as follows:

            Territorial Policing - £0.2m

            Specialist Crime & Operations - £2.1m

            Specialist Operations - £2.3m

            Met HQ - £8.7m

            Shared Support Services - £5.7m

  1. Reed currently provide the contract for agency staff for the MPS and do not hold management information on whether a temporary agency worker has previously been employed as a member of police staff in the MPS. However upon initial application to register with Reed there is a check as to whether the individual has been employed by the MPS within the last 5 years.  Police staff who have left the MPS under an early departure scheme (i.e. with compensation) are not eligible to be employed as a member of agency staff working in the MPS for a five year period.